melodramatic

If you're writhing on the floor, howling in pain over the splinter in your finger, you're being a tad melodramatic, that is, exaggerated, affected, or histrionic.

This term was first used in early-19th-century theater, as the adjective form of the noun melodrama, which is a performance piece featuring exaggerated characters with emotional appeal. Outside the theater, melodramatic behavior is also characterized by a kind of performance or exaggeration of emotions, but it's very rarely appreciated or awarded extra points for artistic merit. The common phrase "Quit being so melodramatic!" is a terse way of pointing out to someone that they are overreacting.

Definitions of melodramatic
1

adj having the excitement and emotional appeal of melodrama

“a melodramatic account of two perilous days at sea”
Synonyms:
dramatic
suitable to or characteristic of drama

adj characteristic of acting or a stage performance; often affected

“an attitude of melodramatic despair”
Synonyms:
histrionic
theatrical
suited to or characteristic of the stage or theater

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