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1theatrical

adjective the·at·ri·cal \thē-ˈa-tri-kəl\

: of or relating to the theater

: behaving or done in a way that is meant to attract attention and that is often not genuine or sincere

Full Definition of THEATRICAL

1
:  of or relating to the theater or the presentation of plays <a theatrical costume>
2
:  marked by pretense or artificiality of emotion
3
a :  histrionic <a theatrical gesture>
b :  marked by extravagant display or exhibitionism
the·at·ri·cal·ism \-kə-ˌli-zəm\ noun
the·at·ri·cal·i·ty \-ˌa-trə-ˈka-lə-tē\ noun
the·at·ri·cal·ly \-ˈa-tri-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Variants of THEATRICAL

the·at·ri·cal also the·at·ric \-trik\

Examples of THEATRICAL

  1. a politician who has a highly theatrical manner of speaking
  2. <after stepping out of their hired limousine, the prom couple made a theatrical entrance in their evening clothes>

First Known Use of THEATRICAL

1558

Synonym Discussion of THEATRICAL

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

2theatrical

noun

Definition of THEATRICAL

1
plural
a :  the performance of plays
b :  dramatics
2
British :  a professional actor
3
plural :  showy or extravagant gestures

First Known Use of THEATRICAL

circa 1683

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany
THEATRICAL Defined for Kids

theatrical

adjective the·at·ri·cal \thē-ˈa-tri-kəl\

Definition of THEATRICAL for Kids

:  for or relating to the presentation of plays <a theatrical production> <theatrical costumes>

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