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Date: 1800-1900
Language: French
Origin: mélodrame, from Greek melos ( MELODY) + French drame 'drama'

melodrama

noun
     
mel‧o‧dra‧ma [uncountable and countable]
1 a story or play in which very exciting or terrible things happen, and in which the characters and the emotions they show seem too strong to be real:
He was behaving like a character in a Victorian melodrama.
2 a situation in which people become more angry or upset than is really necessary:
Come on, there's no need for all this melodrama.

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