Definition of melodramatic in US English:

melodramatic

adjective

  • 1Relating to melodrama.

    • ‘On the plus side there are some characters to really care about: on the minus, an uneasy mood that veers between serious and melodramatic.’
    • ‘Clearly, the melodramatic plot is a vehicle for the wacky characters and witty dialogue, and the performances are crisp and funny.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a production of the book and opera Carmen, Karmen Gai does offer some wonderfully melodramatic scenes.’
    • ‘The calm humility present here allows us to be moved by the melodramatic aspects of the work more than they might usually.’
    • ‘Frequently theatrical and melodramatic, it captured the tensions of wartime Britain, thriving in enforced isolation.’
    • ‘Most of you must know that Udayakumar, a contemporary of Rajkumar, was famous for his highly melodramatic performances.’
    • ‘What was outstanding was the way the entire film was knit together with enough play of emotions without becoming melodramatic.’
    • ‘He has paid his dues to the sentimental and the melodramatic, and is now ready to abandon these narrative modes.’
    • ‘You might say that Maddin directs in a genre all his own, remaking melodramatic movies that never existed.’
    • ‘What follows is a melodramatic romance doubling as a shallow history lesson, and that's just the first half of the picture.’
    • ‘But however melodramatic or cartoonish Palmer's characters seem to be, their sentiments are real enough.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You would expect to see those kinds of stories on a melodramatic TV drama.’
    • ‘As for the role of men in this movie, let me say that, for the most part, they are not depicted as melodramatic villains.’
    • ‘But somehow the melodramatic elements are transcended, and the movie moves you, as movies always should.’
    1. 1.1 Characteristic of melodrama, especially in being exaggerated, sensationalized, or overemotional.
      ‘he flung the door open with a melodramatic flourish’
      • ‘They probably did so with melodramatic flourish, causing fear and speculation to run wild.’
      • ‘I'm almost totally over yesterday's melodramatic tantrum.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The audio is solid, although the voice acting is overdone and melodramatic.’
      • ‘I've seen the rolling eyes, I know they think we're being 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These explore intensities of pain and emotion with melodramatic vigour and yet no soap character ever swears properly.’
      • ‘Perhaps you think me melodramatic, or even histrionic.’
      • ‘The repetitions, sudden shifts in direction and melodramatic flourishes fit neatly into the frantic pace of the contemporary dance beat.’
      • ‘They've matured, shedding the preoccupation with teen angst that might previously have led them to be perceived as melodramatic.’
      • ‘He returned to characters who offered identification even though it was mostly via melodramatic exaggeration.’
      • ‘It would be in the hands of most directors, but Moretti doesn't allow melodramatic excess to infiltrate his story.’
      • ‘I screamed, and swooped off to my room in melodramatic fashion.’
      • ‘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.’
      exaggerated, histrionic, extravagant, overdramatic, overdone, overripe, over-sensational, sensationalized, overemotional, sentimental
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Pronunciation

melodramatic

/ˌmɛlədrəˈmædɪk//ˌmelədrəˈmadik/