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Definition of histrionics

1 : theatrical performances
2 : deliberate display of emotion for effect was not moved by her histrionics

Examples of histrionics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Watching their histrionics on almost any topic is a bit like watching a C-SPAN rerun on an endless loop. Washington Post, "Republicans have the power to vote in Barrett. Sen. Booker implored them to have grace.," 15 Oct. 2020 Known for his thunderous voice, a powerful memory, and a penchant for histrionics, Rynders made an immediate impact on New York City. Jonathan Daniel Wells, Smithsonian Magazine, "The So-Called ‘Kidnapping Club’ Featured New York Cops Selling Free Blacks Into Slavery," 14 Oct. 2020 The remedy for national exhaustion is not histrionics. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Garcia: The bully in chief runs amok on debate stage," 30 Sep. 2020 Even now, white liberals sympathetic to Black Lives Matter are disdained and mocked, and those most committed to denouncing the zealous rhetoric of progressive activists have never paused to assess the effectiveness of their own histrionics. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Willful Blindness of Reactionary Liberalism," 6 July 2020 That should temper some of the histrionics over last week's lawsuits filed by Epic Games against Google and Apple. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Epic isn’t taking down Apple’s app-store model anytime soon," 17 Aug. 2020 An actor who plays Nomi in the off-Broadway musical claims to be paying tribute to Ms Berkley, but, judging by what viewers see of the production, her performance is a merciless parody of Ms Berkley’s histrionics. The Economist, "Bad films How “Showgirls” went from object of ridicule to cult movie," 11 June 2020 Another possible motive for the North’s recent histrionics is domestic. The Economist, "Fighting mockery with munitions North Korea blows up the South’s de facto embassy," 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of histrionics

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for histrionics

see histrionic

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The first known use of histrionics was in 1864

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25 Oct 2020

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“Histrionics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/histrionics. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of histrionics

disapproving : behavior that is too emotional or dramatic : histrionic behavior

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