Definition of melodramatic in English:



  • 1Relating to melodrama.

    • ‘Frequently theatrical and melodramatic, it captured the tensions of wartime Britain, thriving in enforced isolation.’
    • ‘But however melodramatic or cartoonish Palmer's characters seem to be, their sentiments are real enough.’
    • ‘What was outstanding was the way the entire film was knit together with enough play of emotions without becoming melodramatic.’
    • ‘This is a subversive comedy dressed up as a melodramatic thriller about money, sex and revenge.’
    • ‘As a production of the book and opera Carmen, Karmen Gai does offer some wonderfully melodramatic scenes.’
    • ‘But somehow the melodramatic elements are transcended, and the movie moves you, as movies always should.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He has paid his dues to the sentimental and the melodramatic, and is now ready to abandon these narrative modes.’
    • ‘The calm humility present here allows us to be moved by the melodramatic aspects of the work more than they might usually.’
    • ‘You would expect to see those kinds of stories on a melodramatic TV drama.’
    • ‘You might say that Maddin directs in a genre all his own, remaking melodramatic movies that never existed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the plus side there are some characters to really care about: on the minus, an uneasy mood that veers between serious and melodramatic.’
    • ‘What follows is a melodramatic romance doubling as a shallow history lesson, and that's just the first half of the picture.’
    • ‘Most of you must know that Udayakumar, a contemporary of Rajkumar, was famous for his highly melodramatic performances.’
    • ‘As for the role of men in this movie, let me say that, for the most part, they are not depicted as melodramatic villains.’
    • ‘Clearly, the melodramatic plot is a vehicle for the wacky characters and witty dialogue, and the performances are crisp and funny.’
    1. 1.1Characteristic of melodrama, especially in being exaggerated, sensationalized, 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.’
      • ‘It would be a melodramatic exaggeration for me to say that I fight this battle within myself every day.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The repetitions, sudden shifts in direction and melodramatic flourishes fit neatly into the frantic pace of the contemporary dance beat.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘No slight was intended, I'm sure, the sin - to be melodramatic for a moment - being one of omission, not commission.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Perhaps you think me melodramatic, or even histrionic.’
      • ‘I'm almost totally over yesterday's melodramatic tantrum.’
      • ‘I screamed, and swooped off to my room in melodramatic fashion.’
      • ‘I've seen the rolling eyes, I know they think we're being melodramatic.’
      • ‘So, yesterday I was being a little melodramatic and very emotional.’
      • ‘In the process they have cut the worst of the sentimental and melodramatic elements to create a much tauter, more compelling plot-line.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They probably did so with melodramatic flourish, causing fear and speculation to run wild.’
      • ‘It would be in the hands of most directors, but Moretti doesn't allow melodramatic excess to infiltrate his story.’
      • ‘These explore intensities of pain and emotion with melodramatic vigour and yet no soap character ever swears properly.’
      exaggerated, histrionic, extravagant, overdramatic, overdone, overripe, over-sensational, sensationalized, overemotional, sentimental
      theatrical, stagy, actressy, actorly
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