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

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Other Words from theatricalize

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

Examples of theatricalize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The actors often over-theatricalize their exchanges, leaving little room to register the interior blips and bumps occurring between words. Charles Mcnulty,, "In 'Belleville,' two Americans in Paris head into Hitchcock territory," 24 Apr. 2018 Their feverish exertions, gasps and yelps theatricalize a common plight. Charles Mcnulty,, "The Actors' Gang's story of America: The tired, the poor, the huddled masses who bind us all," 19 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of theatricalize

1778, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Theatricalize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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