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theatrical

[thee-a-tri-kuh l] /θiˈæ trɪ kəl/
adjective, Also, theatric
1.
of or relating to the theater or dramatic presentations:
theatrical performances.
2.
suggestive of the theater or of acting; artificial, pompous, spectacular, or extravagantly histrionic:
a theatrical display of grief.
noun
3.
theatricals.
  1. dramatic performances, now especially as given by amateurs.
  2. artificial or histrionic actions.
4.
a professional actor:
a family of renowned theatricals.
Origin of theatrical
1550-1560
1550-60; < Late Latin theātric(us) < Greek theātrikós, equivalent to theā́tr(on) theater + -ikos -ic + -al1
Related forms
theatricality
[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
Synonyms
2. exaggerated, melodramatic, stagy, extravagant.
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Examples from the Web for theatric
Historical Examples
  • This action of the girl seemed a thought too opportune and much too theatric.

    The Tyranny of the Dark Hamlin Garland
  • Why not to Paris that her theatric gifts might receive training?

    Ghetto Comedies

    Israel Zangwill
  • In his theatric way he used to tell his intimates that he was haunted by all the Furies.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • It warmed my vanity to think of myself as clever in so theatric a rle as thief.

    I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane
  • On her face had been no theatric expression which would have warranted a close-up.

  • For, in spite of these—these strikers—these theatric Debses, you—you got in the point!

    The Dreamers John Kendrick Bangs
  • It was like a theatric effect, unreal, unconvincing, incredible.

    The Mystery Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • theatric, horrible and more than that—matter-of-fact, systematic war!

    My Second Year of the War Frederick Palmer
  • A strange falsity, a theatric insincerity, lay beneath all the Napoleonic sentiments and ideals.

    The Ifs of History

    Joseph Edgar Chamberlin
  • There was an attempt to line up the prophet to add to the theatric effect, says the report.

British Dictionary definitions for theatric

theatrical

/θɪˈætrɪkəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the theatre or dramatic performances
2.
exaggerated and affected in manner or behaviour; histrionic
Derived Forms
theatricality, theatricalness, noun
theatrically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for theatric

theatrical

adj.

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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