Definition of melodramatic in English:



  • 1Relating to melodrama.

    ‘a melodramatic comedy about Slavic miners’
    • ‘But however melodramatic or cartoonish Palmer's characters seem to be, their sentiments are real enough.’
    • ‘As for the role of men in this movie, let me say that, for the most part, they are not depicted as melodramatic villains.’
    • ‘The calm humility present here allows us to be moved by the melodramatic aspects of the work more than they might usually.’
    • ‘This is a subversive comedy dressed up as a melodramatic thriller about money, sex and revenge.’
    • ‘Folks, give a break to your sob serials and melodramatic movies this Sunday and stay hooked to Discovery as an extinct tiger comes to life.’
    • ‘He does a lot of gritty dark melodramatic flicks where hundreds of guys get shot down in crazy action scenes, then all the good guys die horribly in a tragic ending.’
    • ‘What was outstanding was the way the entire film was knit together with enough play of emotions without becoming melodramatic.’
    • ‘But somehow the melodramatic elements are transcended, and the movie moves you, as movies always should.’
    • ‘On the plus side there are some characters to really care about: on the minus, an uneasy mood that veers between serious and melodramatic.’
    • ‘Frequently theatrical and melodramatic, it captured the tensions of wartime Britain, thriving in enforced isolation.’
    • ‘He has paid his dues to the sentimental and the melodramatic, and is now ready to abandon these narrative modes.’
    • ‘As a production of the book and opera Carmen, Karmen Gai does offer some wonderfully melodramatic scenes.’
    • ‘What follows is a melodramatic romance doubling as a shallow history lesson, and that's just the first half of the picture.’
    • ‘You would expect to see those kinds of stories on a melodramatic TV drama.’
    • ‘Most of you must know that Udayakumar, a contemporary of Rajkumar, was famous for his highly melodramatic performances.’
    • ‘Clearly, the melodramatic plot is a vehicle for the wacky characters and witty dialogue, and the performances are crisp and funny.’
    • ‘You might say that Maddin directs in a genre all his own, remaking melodramatic movies that never existed.’
    1. 1.1Characteristic of melodrama, especially in being exaggerated or overemotional.
      ‘he flung the door open with a melodramatic flourish’
      • ‘They've matured, shedding the preoccupation with teen angst that might previously have led them to be perceived as melodramatic.’
      • ‘No slight was intended, I'm sure, the sin - to be melodramatic for a moment - being one of omission, not commission.’
      • ‘It would be in the hands of most directors, but Moretti doesn't allow melodramatic excess to infiltrate his story.’
      • ‘Perhaps you think me melodramatic, or even histrionic.’
      • ‘I'm almost totally over yesterday's melodramatic tantrum.’
      • ‘Incidentally, the above use of ‘martyr’ was no exaggeration or melodramatic affectation.’
      • ‘He returned to characters who offered identification even though it was mostly via melodramatic exaggeration.’
      • ‘In the process they have cut the worst of the sentimental and melodramatic elements to create a much tauter, more compelling plot-line.’
      • ‘I've seen the rolling eyes, I know they think we're being melodramatic.’
      • ‘These explore intensities of pain and emotion with melodramatic vigour and yet no soap character ever swears properly.’
      • ‘His action had not only hurt this other person, but it also hurt me, because as melodramatic as it sounds, I almost started to cry.’
      • ‘My character is really melodramatic, in that one minute she is throwing a tantrum and the next she is laughing hysterically, but I wasn't at all like that.’
      • ‘So, yesterday I was being a little melodramatic and very emotional.’
      • ‘Characters disappear inexplicably and there is much melodramatic action, with farce never far off.’
      • ‘The audio is solid, although the voice acting is overdone and melodramatic.’
      • ‘The repetitions, sudden shifts in direction and melodramatic flourishes fit neatly into the frantic pace of the contemporary dance beat.’
      • ‘They probably did so with melodramatic flourish, causing fear and speculation to run wild.’
      • ‘For a start, he's got a real temper on him, which some are marking out as a good attitude, but for a first proper Wimbledon appearance he seemed a mite melodramatic to me.’
      • ‘I screamed, and swooped off to my room in melodramatic fashion.’
      • ‘It would be a melodramatic exaggeration for me to say that I fight this battle within myself every day.’
      exaggerated, histrionic, extravagant, overdramatic, overdone, overripe, over-sensational, sensationalized, overemotional, sentimental
      theatrical, stagy, actressy, actorly
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