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Definition of melodrama noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

melodrama

noun
/ˈmɛləˌdrɑmə/ melodrama pronunciation American
[uncountable, countable]
 
1 a story, play, or novel that is full of exciting events and in which the characters and emotions seem too exaggerated to be reala gripping Victorian melodramaInstead of tragedy, we got melodrama.2 events, behavior, etc. that are exaggerated or extremeHer love of melodrama meant that any small problem became a crisis.