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theatrical

[thee-a-tri-kuh l]
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adjective Also the·at·ric.
  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
  1. theatricals,
    1. dramatic performances, now especially as given by amateurs.
    2. artificial or histrionic actions.
  2. 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 formsthe·at·ri·cal·i·ty [thee-a-tri-kal-i-tee] /θiˌæ trɪˈkæl ɪ ti/, the·at·ri·cal·ness, nounthe·at·ri·cal·ly, adverbhalf-the·at·ri·cal, adjectivenon·the·at·ric, adjectivenon·the·at·ri·cal, adjectivenon·the·at·ri·cal·ly, adverbo·ver·the·at·ri·cal, adjectiveo·ver·the·at·ri·cal·ly, adverbo·ver·the·at·ri·cal·ness, nounqua·si-the·at·ri·cal, adjectivequa·si-the·at·ri·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·the·at·ric, adjectivesem·i·the·at·ri·cal, adjectivesem·i·the·at·ri·cal·ly, adverbun·the·at·ric, adjectiveun·the·at·ri·cal, adjectiveun·the·at·ri·cal·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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2. exaggerated, melodramatic, stagy, extravagant.
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Examples from the Web for theatricals

Historical Examples

  • We sat out the first part of the festivities, which were to conclude with theatricals.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

  • Last night at the theatre there were theatricals all over the house.

  • At Mrs. Maskleyn's they are mad for charades and theatricals.

    The Christmas Books

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • Theatricals are held in a mammoth tent, as there is so far no theatre.

  • We cannot go out in this frightful weather, so we have theatricals.


British Dictionary definitions for theatricals

theatricals

pl n
  1. dramatic performances and entertainments, esp as given by amateurs

theatrical

adjective
  1. of or relating to the theatre or dramatic performances
  2. exaggerated and affected in manner or behaviour; histrionic
Derived Formstheatricality or theatricalness, nountheatrically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for theatricals

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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