melodrama melodrama  /ˈmɛ ləd ˌrɑ mə/


  • (n) an extravagant comedy in which action is more salient than characterization


  1. In A Lonely Place: In a Lonely Place is a Humphrey Bogart melodrama that seems to take forever getting to the point and just about as long driving it home.
  2. There's none of the mawkishness or attendant melodrama that so often mars Hollywood entertainment for children.
  3. Amid all the melodrama Junon has liver cancer and needs a bone-marrow transplant from someone of her blood the conversation is bantering, often affectionate.


  1. The 'Newsroom' Season 2 Posters Are Just as Over-the-Top as You Would Expect Them to Be

    The second season of The Newsroom is coming, and it's bringing all the self-important melodrama you loved (or hated) about Season 1. HBO has released nine new posters for the drama's upcoming season, which premieres on July 14. The black and white images feature the ACN News Night team brooding about their own importance posing next to quotes from the series as white sheets of paper float around ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Zimbio

  2. Media Views: Local radio's high-wire act

    Who needs reality TV, soap operas or even a good novel? There’s plenty of melodrama playing out on St. Louis radio, with money, sex, violence, name-calling and sabotage all in the mix.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  3. Future of KCI Needs Honest, Clear-Eyed Debate

    June 11--What is it about planning the future transportation needs of Kansas City that causes so much melodrama -- unless it concerns cars?
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Aircraft Maintenance Technology

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  1. "I think those questions are legitimate. I think people want to move on," Dodd said. "I think the melodrama and all, we need to get behind us."
    on Sep 28, 2007 By: Chris Dodd Source: Forbes

  2. "It was important to us, when we were thinking about the homage elements, that we don't do a postmodern take on melodrama," Swinton says.
    on Jun 29, 2010 By: Tilda Swinton Source: Kansas City Star

  3. "I was skeptical of it, because I thought, 'That could really get into melodrama, go over the top,' but John Noble's fantastic . . . he's just great. I mean, he takes what could be a very crazy, over-the-top [situation] and always finds some human...
    on Feb 3, 2009 By: Joshua Jackson Source: Philadelphia Daily News

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