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theatrics

[thee-a-triks]
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noun
  1. (used with a singular verb) the art of staging plays and other stage performances.
  2. (used with a plural verb) exaggerated, artificial, or histrionic mannerisms, actions, or words.

Origin of theatrics

1800–10; theatr(ic) + -ics
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theatrics

noun (functioning as singular)
  1. the art of staging plays
  2. exaggerated mannerisms or displays of emotions
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Word Origin and History for theatrics

n.

1807, "matters pertaining to the stage," from theater; also see -ics. Meaning "theatrical behavior" is attested from 1929, American English.

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