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theatrical

adjective
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theatric

Synonyms and Antonyms of theatrical

  1. 1 given to or marked by attention-getting behavior suggestive of stage acting after stepping out of their hired limousine, the prom couple made a theatrical entrance in their evening clothes Synonyms of theatrical dramatic, hammy, histrionic, melodramatic, stagy (or stagey) Words Related to theatrical actorish, actorly, actressy; overacted, overdone, sensational, staged; conspicuous, elaborate, flamboyant, grandiose, ostentatious, showy; affected, artificial, exaggerated, mannered, pretentious, self-conscious, studied, unnatural Near Antonyms of theatrical nondramatic, nontheatrical, unaffected, underplayed, unpretentious; muted, restrained, subdued, toned (down); conservative, discreet, inconspicuous; modest, plain, quiet, simple Antonyms of theatrical undramatic

  2. 2 having the general quality or effect of a stage performance in a very theatrical voice the actress announced to the gathering that she did not sign autographs Synonyms of theatrical histrionic, melodramatic, operatic, stagy (or stagey), dramatic (also theatric)Words Related to theatrical affected, emotional, emotionalistic, sensational; actorish, actorly, actressy, dramaturgic (or dramaturgical), ham, hammy; amazing, astonishing, astounding, awesome, exciting, eye-opening, fabulous, marvelous (or marvellous), spectacular, surprising, wonderful, wondrous; overdramaticNear Antonyms of theatrical matter-of-fact, monotonous, uneventful, unexciting; uninspiring, unnewsworthy, unrewarding, unsensational, unspectacular; common, commonplace, ordinary, stale, unexceptionalAntonyms of theatrical undramatic

Synonym Discussion of theatrical

dramatic, theatrical, histrionic, melodramatic mean having a character or an effect like that of acted plays. dramatic applies to situations in life and literature that stir the imagination and emotions deeply.
    • a dramatic meeting of world leaders
theatrical implies a crude appeal through artificiality or exaggeration in gesture or vocal expression.
    • a theatrical oration
histrionic applies to tones, gestures, and motions and suggests a deliberate affectation or staginess.
    • a histrionic show of grief
melodramatic suggests an exaggerated emotionalism or an inappropriate theatricalism.
    • made a melodramatic plea


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