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[thee-a-tri-kuh-liz-uh m] /θiˈæ trɪ kəˌlɪz əm/
conduct suggesting theatrical actions or mannerisms, especially of an extravagant or exhibitionist sort.
Origin of theatricalism
First recorded in 1850-55; theatrical + -ism
Related forms
semitheatricalism, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He laughed with a sense of treating himself to a theatricalism.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • France, during his day, was governed by the dictates of theatricalism.

    Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning Willard Huntington Wright
  • There was no curtain, no stage, no scenery, no theatricalism.

    Homespun Tales Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • You never hear it sung by concert singers; because it has no theatricalism in it.

    The Dead Men's Song Champion Ingraham Hitchcock
  • Only the French genius is capable of just such a splendid blend of naïveté, emotion, and the best kind of theatricalism.

    A Boswell of Baghdad E. V. Lucas
  • It was a deceit, he felt, a bit of theatricalism,—the simulated modesty of a woman of experience.

  • The theatricalism of the ground-plan infused itself into the music with Meyerbeer.

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