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melodrama

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈmel.əˌdrɑː.mə/ us    /-ˌdræm.ə/
a story, play, or film in which the characters show stronger emotions than real people usually do: a television melodramamainly UK The car's hardly damaged - there's no need to make a melodrama out of it (= make the situation more important than it is).Types of film, play, book etc.
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