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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Melodrama \Mel'o*dra"ma\, noun [F. m['e]lodrame, fr. Gr. me'los song + dra^ma 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".

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Drama \Dra"ma\ (dr[aum]"m[.a] or dr[=a]"m[.a]; 277), noun [L. drama, Gr. dra^ma, fr. dra^n to do, act; cf. Lith. daryti.]

1. A composition, in prose or poetry, accommodated to action, and intended to exhibit a picture of human life, or to depict a series of grave or humorous actions of more than ordinary interest, tending toward some striking result. It is commonly designed to be spoken and represented by actors on the stage.

A divine pastoral drama in the Song of Solomon. --Milton.

2. A series of real events invested with a dramatic unity and interest. "The drama of war." --Thackeray.

Westward the course of empire takes its way; The four first acts already past, A fifth shall close the drama with the day; Time's noblest offspring is the last. --Berkeley.

The drama and contrivances of God's providence. --Sharp.

3. Dramatic composition and the literature pertaining to or illustrating it; dramatic literature.

Note: The principal species of the drama are {tragedy} and {comedy}; inferior species are {tragi-comedy}, {melodrama}, {operas}, {burlettas}, and {farces}.

{The romantic drama}, the kind of drama whose aim is to present a tale or history in scenes, and whose plays (like those of Shakespeare, Marlowe, and others) are stories told in dialogue by actors on the stage. --J. A. Symonds. Dramatic

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

melodrama

noun

1: an extravagant comedy in which action is more salient than characterization


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