plural noun

the·​at·​rics thē-ˈa-triks How to pronounce theatrics (audio)
: staged or contrived effects

Examples of theatrics in a Sentence

before her first film role, her acting experience had been limited to amateur theatrics
Recent Examples on the Web The horror part, the nightmare part, is the blood, the gore, the theatrics. Joey Nolfi,, 30 Jan. 2023 However, despite the Hollywood theatrics and online hype, not a single crystal skull has ever been pulled from an excavation site. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, 16 Dec. 2022 This season, designer Maria Grazia Chiuri was inspired by French queen Catherine de Medici, who ruled from 1547 to 1559, and Raducanu was a fan of the theatrics that came along with it. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 29 Sep. 2022 The theatrics of spinning no-look passes and playing catch with the referee in the middle of a fastbreak captured the imagination but doing so in remixed versions of the American flag captured the eye. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 23 Jan. 2023 See all Example Sentences for theatrics 

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Word History

First Known Use

1807, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of theatrics was in 1807

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Cite this Entry

“Theatrics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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