plural noun
the·​at·​rics | \ thē-ˈa-triks How to pronounce theatrics (audio) \

Definition of theatrics

2 : staged or contrived effects

Examples of theatrics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Influenced by the struggles of real-life princesses, Bourland’s brilliant satire skewers the theatrics of power, excessive materialism and economic corruption. Becky Meloan, Washington Post, 16 July 2022 Here’s how the J6 show’s reliance on hearsay resembles Streep’s chameleon theatrics. Armond White, National Review, 6 July 2022 Charismatic, prolific and unique, Jones is a hip hop artist not afraid to embrace theatrics, hilarity and heart in his music. Britt Julious, Chicago Tribune, 14 May 2022 Bowie, ever a man of theatrics, designed his alter ego in his own image: androgynous, bisexual, and hell-bent on being a rock star. Allaire Nuss,, 17 June 2022 But Couples said there is a benefit of playing with Woods and Thomas, all of the theatrics and distractions aside. New York Times, 8 Apr. 2022 His pulpit theatrics have earned him millions of followers on social media and led to continued growth for his Global Vision Bible Church in rural Tennessee. Ryan Burge, WSJ, 26 May 2022 Gressett cultivated a throwback stance on the TV series -- with his rock star theatrics, sparkly capes, Stevie Ray Vaughan hat and statement jewelry -- but right now, his gaze is focused on the future. Mary Colurso |, al, 22 May 2022 But there’s also a nagging sense that her life-of-the-party theatrics is a protective shell. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of theatrics

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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11 Aug 2022

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“Theatrics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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