Meaning of melodrama
Pronunciation: (mel'u-drä"mu, -dram"u), [key]
- 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.
- melodramatic behavior or events.
- (in the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries) a romantic dramatic composition with music interspersed.
- melodrama (Thesaurus)