- dramatic performances, now especially as given by amateurs.
- artificial or histrionic actions.
- a professional actor: a family of renowned theatricals.
Origin of theatrical
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2. exaggerated, melodramatic, stagy, extravagant.
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Examples from the Web for theatrical
In reality,” Francis said, “theatrical severity and sterile pessimism are often symptoms of fear and insecurity.Pope Francis Denounces the Vatican Elite’s 'Spiritual Alzheimer’s'
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He approaches the composition of a painting rather as a theatrical director might set the scene of a play.The Stacks: Edward Hopper’s X-Ray Vision
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No doubt Smith hopes to paint Glock as a monster once again, and the theatrical complaint pulls no punches.Glock Family Goes Down, Guns Blazing
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The classic comedy Ghostbusters is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a theatrical re-release over Labor Day weekend.Viral Video of the Day: 'Ghostbusters' Gets the Lego Treatment
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We all brought the same excitement about the theatrical element of it.Kerry Washington’s Favorite ‘Scandal’ Season 3 Moments
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There had already been an attempt at theatrical exhibitions.Old News
This caused quite a sensation in the artistic world and in theatrical circles.
I was nervous, sensational, and theatrical without intending it.
Our theatrical company, of which you must have heard, leave us this week.The Letters of Robert Burns
They were giving him a theatrical performance for a birthday present.The Chinese Fairy Book
- of or relating to the theatre or dramatic performances
- exaggerated and affected in manner or behaviour; histrionic
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Word Origin and History for theatrical
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