- 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 theatricality
I think the story feels so real to people that despite its theatricality and surrealism, they often dwell on the realism.Rebecca Miller on Broadway’s ‘Death of a Salesman’ Revival
June 1, 2012
There is just a lot of creativity and theatricality in performers who happen to be gay.Neil Patrick Harris Hosts the Tonys
June 10, 2011
What it did do, however, was remind everyone what fashion was before it became thick with theatricality and flamboyance.Galliano Erased at Christian Dior
March 7, 2011
To add to the theatricality, actors are engaged to entertain guests with performances of the most offending passages.Worst Sex Writing of the Year
December 2, 2009
It was a mere piece of theatricality, such as it was not in Scaramouche's nature to forgo.Scaramouche
The theatricality in that thought was repulsive to his sober sense.The Forsyte Saga, Volume III.
Genius lies in the instincts; goodness too; all consciousness is theatricality.Philosophy and The Social Problem
It is the note of theatricality, of extravagance, of excess.
There should be moderation even in the shrinking from theatricality.Play-Making
- 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 theatricality
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