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amateur dramatics2

noun

exaggerated or theatrical behavior; histrionics

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We have all seen the amateur dramatics of children when they do not get what they want.

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  • Not by your landlord, but you know what amateur dramatics are.

  • Percy thought that you must have seen so much of amateur dramatics in Europe that you could tell him just how to do.

    Annie Kilburn William Dean Howells
  • Mrs. Westley, who had never quite outgrown a love of amateur dramatics, gave her approval to Isobel's plans for her costume.

    Highacres

    Jane Abbott
  • It was unlucky, for his amateur dramatics were to be crowned that evening by a public part on the college stage.

  • The dramatic instinct, if so it may be called, has always been marked with me, and amateur dramatics are still my chief diversion.

  • Beautiful bath gown, but more adapted for amateur dramatics than for a musicale.

    Evening Dress W. D. Howells
  • Our aim is always high, and they would be right to aim at nothing lower than this in their amateur dramatics.

    Imaginary Interviews W. D. Howells
  • amateur dramatics are one of the most enjoyable and wholesome forms of recreation.

    The Farmer and His Community Dwight Sanderson

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