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Wordnet 3.0

ADJECTIVE (2)

1. having the excitement and emotional appeal of melodrama;
- Example: "a melodramatic account of two perilous days at sea"

2. characteristic of acting or a stage performance; often affected;
- Example: "histrionic gestures"
- Example: "an attitude of melodramatic despair"
- Example: "a theatrical pose"
[syn: histrionic, melodramatic]

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4 definitions retrieved:

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Melodramatic \Mel`o*dra*mat"ic\, a. [Cf. F. m['e]lodramatique.] Of or pertaining to melodrama; like or suitable to a melodrama; unnatural in situation or action. -- Mel`o*dra*mat"ic*al*ly, adv. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dramatic \Dra*mat"ic\ (dr[.a]*m[a^]t"[i^]k), Dramatical \Dra*mat"ic*al\ (dr[.a]*m[a^]t"[i^]*kal), a. [Gr. dramatiko`s, fr. dra^ma: cf. F. dramatique.] Of or pertaining to the drama; as, dramatic arts. [WordNet sense 3] [1913 Webster] 2. suitable to or characteristic of or having the qualities of, a drama; theatrical; as, a dramatic entrance in a swirling cape; a dramatic rescue at sea. Opposite of undramatic. [WordNet sense 1] [Narrower terms: melodramatic; awe-inspiring, spectacular] [WordNet 1.5] The emperor . . . performed his part with much dramatic effect. --Motley. [1913 Webster] 3. striking in appearance or effect; vivid; having a thrilling effect; as, a dramatic sunset; a dramatic pause. [WordNet sense 2] Syn: spectacular, striking. [WordNet 1.5] 4. (Music) marked by power and expressiveness and a histrionic or theatrical style; -- of a singer or singing voice; as, a dramatic tenor; a dramatic soprano. Contrasted to lyric. [WordNet sense 4] [WordNet 1.5]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

melodramatic adj 1: having the excitement and emotional appeal of melodrama; "a melodramatic account of two perilous days at sea" 2: characteristic of acting or a stage performance; often affected; "histrionic gestures"; "an attitude of melodramatic despair"; "a theatrical pose" [syn: histrionic, melodramatic]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

55 Moby Thesaurus words for "melodramatic": Barnumesque, actor-proof, all-star, ballet, balletic, cinematic, cinematographic, cloak-and-dagger, dramatic, dramatical, dramaturgic, emotionalistic, emotive, exaggerated, film, filmic, ham, hammy, histrionic, hokey, hysteric, legitimate, lurid, milked, monodramatic, movie, nonrational, operatic, overacted, overdone, overdrawn, overemotional, overplayed, overworked, overwrought, scenic, schmaltzy, sensational, sensationalistic, spectacular, spine-chilling, stagelike, stageworthy, stagy, starstruck, stellar, theaterlike, theatrical, thespian, thrown away, underacted, underplayed, unreasoning, vaudevillian, yellow