the·​at·​ri·​cal·​ize | \ thē-ˈa-tri-kə-ˌlīz How to pronounce theatricalize (audio) \
theatricalized; theatricalizing

Definition of theatricalize

transitive verb

1 : to adapt to the theater : dramatize
2 : to display in showy fashion

Other Words from theatricalize

theatricalization \ thē-​ˌa-​tri-​kə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce theatricalize (audio) \ noun

Examples of theatricalize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The big paintings theatricalize stages of adolescent amour—resisted seduction, furtive intimacy, triumphant union, and subsequent nostalgia—among young people at court who were given nothing to do in life except to dress up and to play at love. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 8 Feb. 2021 The actors often over-theatricalize their exchanges, leaving little room to register the interior blips and bumps occurring between words. Charles Mcnulty,, 24 Apr. 2018 Their feverish exertions, gasps and yelps theatricalize a common plight. Charles Mcnulty,, 19 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of theatricalize

1778, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of theatricalize was in 1778

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“Theatricalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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