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Examples of histrionic in a sentence
a penchant for dish throwing, door slamming, and other histrionic displays of temper
we never tired of his histrionic reenactment of how he found money under the floorboards of a house he was renovating
Did You Know?
The term "histrionic" developed from "histrio," Latin for actor. Something that is "histrionic" tends to remind one of the high drama of stage and screen and is often stagy and over-the-top. It especially calls to mind the theatrical form known as the "melodrama," where plot and physical action, not characterization, are emphasized. But something that is "histrionic" isn't always overdone; the word might simply refer to an actor or something related to the theater. In that sense, it becomes a synonym of "thespian."
Origin and Etymology of histrionic
Late Latin histrionicus, from Latin histrion-, histrio actor
First Known Use: 1648
Synonym Discussion of histrionic
HISTRIONIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of histrionic for English Language Learners
: too emotional or dramatic
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