The state of being overly emotional - therefore often in a situation that does not warrant such a strong reaction. It is possible for people or works of art to be purposefully melodramatic.
'Melodramatic' is derived from melodrama, which is in turn derived from the Greek word 'melos' (music) and the word 'drama'.
Random student: *watching commercial at school about children in poverty in Africa*: Oh, those poor kids! I just want to hug them and kiss them and tell them *sniff* they're going to be okay! Oh, I'm sorry *sniff*... can I get some water?
Me, whispering: Ugh, we get it, you feel sorry for them, you melodramatic you-know-what. ...Maybe not.
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