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  • n. A writer of melodramas.
  • n. An actor in melodramas.
  • n. A melodramatic person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who acts in, or writes, melodramas.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A writer of melodramas; a melodramatic author.


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  • But everyone said, “Come on, you are such a melodramatist.”

    2007 March : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation - Part 2

  • He is a melodramatist who never penetrates below the surface.

    Eye candy #4 « Jahsonic

  • His success as a melodramatist may have been responsible for an occasional, unhelpful reliance on artifice, and for certain antiquated strains in the structure of books such as The Siege of Pleasure and Hangover Square.

    Giddy & Malevolent

  • Either the editors made up the speeches, or everyone then talked as if they were aiming from the melodramatist of the year prize.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Jactitation:

  • Thou art the only true melodramatist of the stage and off the stage!

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, October 9, 1841

  • The extraordinary cleverness and accuracy of his observation of those petty details that make life a thing of shreds and patches were all that distinguished his method from that of the melodramatist who makes a scene out of a buzz-saw or a waterfall, a locomotive or a ferryboat.

    The Theory of the Theatre

  • The melodramatist exhibits merely what may happen; the tragedist exhibits what must happen.

    The Theory of the Theatre

  • Of the melodramatist we require merely the negative virtue that he shall not lie: of the tragedist we require the positive virtue that he shall reveal some phase of the absolute, eternal Truth.

    The Theory of the Theatre

  • There is no true tragedy in Euripides, He is a melodramatist, but not according to the modern acceptation.

    The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I.

  • John, however, had no terrors whatever when he entered the theatre, and he told himself that the melodramatist was either an extremely emotional man or a very considerable liar.

    The Foolish Lovers


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