histrionic vs melodramatic what difference

what is difference between histrionic and melodramatic

English

Etymology

Borrowed from Late Latin histriōnicus (pertaining to acting; scurrilous, shameful; wretched), from Latin histriōnicus (pertaining to acting and the theatre), from histriō (actor, player) + -icus (suffix meaning ‘of or pertaining to’). Morphologically, the word may be surface analysed as histrion +‎ -ic.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /hɪstɹiːˈɒnɪk/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /hɪstɹiˈɑnɪk/
  • Rhymes: -ɒnɪk
  • Hyphenation: his‧tri‧on‧ic

Adjective

histrionic (comparative more histrionic, superlative most histrionic)

  1. Of or relating to actors or acting.
    Synonyms: actorish, actressy, dramatic, theatrical
  2. (by extension) Excessively dramatic or emotional, especially with the intention to draw attention.
    Synonyms: melodramatic, overdramatic, sensationalized, stagy

Alternative forms

  • histrionick (obsolete)

Derived terms

Related terms

  • histrion (obsolete)
  • histrionism
  • histrionize (rare)

Translations

References

Further reading

  • histrionic (disambiguation) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Romanian

Etymology

From French histrionique.

Adjective

histrionic m or n (feminine singular histrionică, masculine plural histrionici, feminine and neuter plural histrionice)

  1. histrionic

Declension



English

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌmɛl.ə.dɹəˈmæt.ɪk/, /ˌmɛl.əʊ.dɹəˈmæt.ɪk/

Alternative form

  • melo-dramatic

Adjective

melodramatic (comparative more melodramatic, superlative most melodramatic)

  1. Of or pertaining to melodrama; like or suitable to a melodrama; unnatural in situation or action.
  2. Exaggeratedly emotional or sentimental.
    She wrote him a melodramatic letter, threatening to kill herself.

Related terms

  • melodramatics

Translations


Romanian

Etymology

From French melodrammatico.

Adjective

melodramatic m or n (feminine singular melodramatică, masculine plural melodramatici, feminine and neuter plural melodramatice)

  1. melodramatic

Declension


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