Adjective "melodrama" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A sensational dramatic piece with exaggerated characters and exciting events intended to appeal to the emotions.
  1. 'Camille is grand melodrama that rivals the theatrics of the most tawdry soap opera.'
  2. 'Hepworth produced on average three films a week, ranging from melodramas and slapstick comedies to scenics and travel films.'
  3. 'Greta Garbo played tragic lovers, exotic temptresses and steely heroines, anchoring many mediocre melodramas and haughty period pieces like a pro.'
  4. 'Love Story is also historically interesting for the way it combines the heightened emotions of the Gainsborough costume melodramas with the ingredients of the more realistic wartime dramas that the studio produced at the same time.'
  5. 'Adding drama to the downtown scene are the melodramas and vaudeville revues presented at the Gaslighter Theater.'
  6. 'With epic melodramas such as this one, the main character always makes one fatal mistake.'
  7. 'This melodrama, and I love melodramas, is really beautifully performed, it's heartfelt and tense and romantic.'
  8. 'Films are a popular form of entertainment, and several Greek filmmakers and production companies have produced a body of melodramas, comedies, musicals, and art films.'
  9. 'The Gaiety stuck to its well-tried popular repertory of melodramas, comedies, and musicals, though both theatres scheduled touring opera companies throughout the year.'
  10. 'This cast and this production prove their superiority again here and serve the script well, neither overplaying the melodrama or underemphasizing the pain.'
  11. 'he abandoned melodrama for realism'
  12. 'By giving her a love interest, the movie fits into more traditional representations of women in the filmic genre of the woman's melodrama.'
  13. 'Boyle's approach to the material is equally dynamic, but the screenplay by Frank Cottrell Boyce veers uncomfortably between maudlin fantasy, comic whimsy and outright melodrama.'
  14. 'The challenges stimulated more work on genres, like melodrama, that addressed women.'
  15. 'The movie is quintessentially French, focusing on drama instead of melodrama and character instead of plot.'
  16. 'It's not drama, it's melodrama, it's not theatre, it's opera.'
  17. 'So everything it does gets infused with the theatrical techniques of melodrama.'
  18. 'You might not have heard of Bollywood, but the popular blend of Hindi music and melodrama has been around since 1931.'
  19. 'Swimming Upstream is an interesting genre hybrid, part family melodrama, part sporting saga, part coming-of-age story.'
  20. 'When it debuted in 1949, ‘Death of a Salesman’ was ridiculed as being sentimental melodrama and even a work of Marxist propaganda.'
  21. 'Enduring female friendships, in various forms, have been explored in both mainstream and independent cinema over the last decade or so, predominantly through the genres of melodrama and comedy.'
  22. 'Mitchell, who has perhaps the greatest challenge, is perfect as the tragic-comic heroine, just neurotic enough without indulging in melodrama.'
  23. 'Jules Furthman's script (based on a John Monk Saunders story) is devoid of melodrama or sentimentality.'
  24. 'Dropping any melodrama, she deals with the hard currency of possible events.'
  25. 'There seems to be no way out and rack my brains as I did, I could not see an answer to the question, other than the improbable melodrama of her embracing a closed religious order.'
  26. 'I knew even then, I think, that my histrionics teetered on hysteria, but my self-conscious melodrama only angered me more.'
  27. 'Though there's an inescapable current of sentiment and even melodrama here, The Sea Inside smartly explores the same terror of empty life that has lurked in the director's other films.'
  28. 'Nonetheless they showed Andersen a way to write stories with unhappy endings while avoiding the sentimentality and melodrama that plague his novels.'
  29. 'Wonderful music, emotional plots, trend-setting song sequences and much melodrama have been the hallmarks of his films.'
  30. 'In fact, these kinds of films need melodrama; they need action or events that externalise the emotions driving the story.'
  31. 'One of the film's many strengths is that it never descends into melodrama or sentimentality.'
A play interspersed with songs and orchestral music accompanying the action.
  1. 'It was Jean-Jacques Rousseau who invented the melodrama in his dramatic monologue Pygmalion, first performed in Paris in the early 1760s.'
  2. 'I went reluctantly to Bingley Little Theatre's production of the Victorian melodrama with music East Lynne.'
  3. 'East Lynne is a melodrama with music telling how a woman is tricked into believing her husband is having an affair.'

More definitions

1. a dramatic form that does not observe the laws of cause and effect and that exaggerates emotion and emphasizes plot or action at the expense of characterization.

2. melodramatic behavior or events.

3. (in the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries) a romantic dramatic composition with music interspersed.

More examples(as adjective)

"plots can be melodrama."

"angels can be melodrama."


Early 19th century: from French mélodrame, from Greek melos ‘music’ + French drame ‘drama’.