histrionic


his·tri·on·ic

adjective \ˌhis-trē-ˈä-nik\

: too emotional or dramatic

Full Definition of HISTRIONIC

1
:  deliberately affected :  theatrical
2
:  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>

Origin of HISTRIONIC

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

Other Performing Arts Terms

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

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