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[thee-a-tri-kuh l] /θiˈæ trɪ kəl/
adjective, Also, theatric
of or relating to the theater or dramatic presentations:
theatrical performances.
suggestive of the theater or of acting; artificial, pompous, spectacular, or extravagantly histrionic:
a theatrical display of grief.
  1. dramatic performances, now especially as given by amateurs.
  2. artificial or histrionic actions.
a professional actor:
a family of renowned theatricals.
Origin of theatrical
1550-60; < Late Latin theātric(us) < Greek theātrikós, equivalent to theā́tr(on) theater + -ikos -ic + -al1
Related forms
[thee-a-tri-kal-i-tee] /θiˌæ trɪˈkæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
theatricalness, noun
theatrically, adverb
half-theatrical, adjective
nontheatric, adjective
nontheatrical, adjective
nontheatrically, adverb
overtheatrical, adjective
overtheatrically, adverb
overtheatricalness, noun
quasi-theatrical, adjective
quasi-theatrically, adverb
semitheatric, adjective
semitheatrical, adjective
semitheatrically, adverb
untheatric, adjective
untheatrical, adjective
untheatrically, adverb
2. exaggerated, melodramatic, stagy, extravagant. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for theatric
Historical Examples
  • “What right had a man who wrote a play p. 23for the stage, to avow contempt for the theatric profession”?

    Anna Seward Stapleton Martin
  • This action of the girl seemed a thought too opportune and much too theatric.

    The Tyranny of the Dark Hamlin Garland
  • Fortunately the danger of a too theatric success was averted by an immediate conflict among the super-critics.

    The Woman Gives Owen Johnson
  • Why not to Paris that her theatric gifts might receive training?

    Ghetto Comedies Israel Zangwill
  • Who had not heard of Black Jack, his spectacular poker plays, his meteoric rise, his theatric display?

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • In his theatric way he used to tell his intimates that he was haunted by all the Furies.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • Hence that clat of the courtesan which you daily see, that theatric garb, that regal state.

  • It warmed my vanity to think of myself as clever in so theatric a rle as thief.

    I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane
  • It was theatric beyond words: one felt like a leaf in this booming chaos, this prolonged tragedy of the night.

    Wounds in the rain Stephen Crane
  • On her face had been no theatric expression which would have warranted a close-up.

British Dictionary definitions for theatric


of or relating to the theatre or dramatic performances
exaggerated and affected in manner or behaviour; histrionic
Derived Forms
theatricality, theatricalness, noun
theatrically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for theatric



1550s, "pertaining to the theater," from theater + -ical. Sense of "stagy, histrionic" is attested from 1709.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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