Etymology
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melodramatic (adj.)

"pertaining to, suitable for, or characteristic of a melodrama," 1789, from melodrama on model of dramatic. Related: Melodramatics; melodramatically.

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Definitions of melodramatic

melodramatic (adj.)
having the excitement and emotional appeal of melodrama;
a melodramatic account of two perilous days at sea
melodramatic (adj.)
characteristic of acting or a stage performance; often affected;
an attitude of melodramatic despair
Synonyms: histrionic
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