adjective his·tri·on·ic \ˌhis-trē-ˈä-nik\

: too emotional or dramatic

Full Definition of HISTRIONIC

:  deliberately affected :  theatrical
:  of or relating to actors, acting, or the theater
his·tri·on·i·cal·ly \-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of HISTRIONIC

  1. <a penchant for dish throwing, door slamming, and other histrionic displays of temper>
  2. <we never tired of his histrionic reenactment of how he found money under the floorboards of a house he was renovating>


Late Latin histrionicus, from Latin histrion-, histrio actor
First Known Use: 1648

Synonym Discussion of HISTRIONIC

dramatic, theatrical, histrionic, melodramatic mean having a character or an effect like that of acted plays. dramatic applies to situations in life and literature that stir the imagination and emotions deeply <a dramatic meeting of world leaders>. theatrical implies a crude appeal through artificiality or exaggeration in gesture or vocal expression <a theatrical oration>. histrionic applies to tones, gestures, and motions and suggests a deliberate affectation or staginess <a histrionic show of grief>. melodramatic suggests an exaggerated emotionalism or an inappropriate theatricalism <made a melodramatic plea>.

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany


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