- (used with a singular verb) the art of staging plays and other stage performances.
- (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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Examples from the Web for theatrics
Abbas could opt to skip the theatrics and appoint himself prime minister.Who Wants To Be Prime Minister? Not Rami Hamdallah
June 21, 2013
“He had a flair for the dramatic, to be sure, but it was for more than theatrics,” Clinton said.Richard Holbrooke's Last Mission in Afghanistan by David Rohde
November 26, 2011
Things will take a turn more serious in late July when the court finally starts focusing on the evidence and not the theatrics.Can Prison Gossip Free Knox?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
June 18, 2011
As a showman who loves the theatrics, addressing the UN general assembly is the ultimate stage.Libya's Muammar Gaddafi Tried to Execute Me
March 1, 2011
Those words felt no more than a lame example of phony "in your face" theatrics.Obama Loses His Cool
June 9, 2010
The empathy game has been played with words and theatrics in many schools.The Civilization of Illiteracy
- the art of staging plays
- exaggerated mannerisms or displays of emotions
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Word Origin and History for theatrics
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