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Meaning of MELODRAMA

Pronunciation:  'melu`drâmu

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  an extravagant comedy in which action is more salient than characterization

MELODRAMA is a 9 letter word that starts with M.


 See Also: comedy



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mel`o*dra"ma\, n. [F. m['e]lodrame, fr. Gr. ? song +
? drama.]
Formerly, a kind of drama having a musical accompaniment to
intensify the effect of certain scenes. Now, a drama
abounding in romantic sentiment and agonizing situations,
with a musical accompaniment only in parts which are
especially thrilling or pathetic. In opera, a passage in
which the orchestra plays a somewhat descriptive
accompaniment, while the actor speaks; as, the melodrama in
the gravedigging scene of Beethoven's ``Fidelio''.

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