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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 Kampe – who is also one of the more entertaining coaches to watch with regard to his occasional histrionics – enters the season with a 644-491 record. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 Nov. 2021 The performance was short on big-play histrionics but solidly filled with chain-moving plays. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, 27 Sep. 2021 Like, say, Gobert confidently stepping into a midrange jumper in the second quarter and swishing it, sending the players sitting on Utah’s bench into celebratory histrionics. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Oct. 2021 Both should prove more reliable come October than Victor Gonzalez and Brusdar Graterol, though the latter can still be counted on for the occasional timely punchout and accompanying histrionics. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2021 In a place where some are less than one or two generations removed from their own family’s border crossing, the histrionics are confounding to longtime leaders navigating the political ruptures. Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2021 Grounded in the guitar histrionics and steady, throbbing, thumping bass of the sole remaining original members, Michael Wilton and Eddie Jackson, the five-piece band’s sound had long been defined by the iconic metal vocals of Geoff Tate. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Sep. 2021 Cruz’s histrionics have no connection to the qualifications of any pending nominees. Greg Greene, The New Republic, 26 Aug. 2021 No yelling, no screaming, no swearing, no histrionics. oregonlive, 9 July 2021

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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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“Histrionics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/histrionics. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of histrionics

: behavior that is too emotional or dramatic : histrionic behavior

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