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theatrical

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

Simple Definition of theatrical

  • : 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. 1 :  of or relating to the theater or the presentation of plays <a theatrical costume>

  2. 2 :  marked by pretense or artificiality of emotion

  3. 3a :  histrionic <a theatrical gesture>b :  marked by extravagant display or exhibitionism

the·at·ri·cal·ism play \-kə-ˌli-zəm\ noun
the·at·ri·cal·i·ty play \-ˌa-trə-ˈka-lə-tē\ noun
the·at·ri·cal·ly play \-ˈa-tri-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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>



1558

First Known Use of theatrical

1558

Variants of theatrical

also the·at·ric play \-trik\

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>.

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theatrical

noun the·at·ri·cal

Definition of theatrical

  1. 1 plural a :  the performance of playsb :  dramatics

  2. 2 British :  a professional actor

  3. 3 plural :  showy or extravagant gestures



Circa 1683

First Known Use of theatrical

circa 1683

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