adjective Also his·tri·on·i·cal.
Origin of histrionic
Examples from the Web for histrionic
The moral duties and doubts of adulthood are swapped out for the histrionic creeds of adolescence.Two New Films Preach Our Nation’s Corrosive Gridiron Gospel|Steve Almond|September 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Silver Linings Playbook allowed her to explode, playing a woman unhinged, histrionic, and emotionally volatile.How Jennifer Lawrence Took Over Hollywood. (It’s Not Just Because of Her Charm.)|Kevin Fallon|December 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Wall Street Journal editorial-page writer Dorothy Rabinowitz recorded a histrionic anti-bike video that went viral.
Such miscues mired the show in histrionic soapiness, upsetting the delicate balance between domestic drama and social change.
In fact, The Newsroom seems to relish putting loud women in their place or to render them helpless and histrionic.HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’: Aaron Sorkin’s Woman Problem|Jace Lacob, Maureen Ryan|July 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It is a study of the histrionic temperament, and full of the major miseries and petty triumphs of stage life.Egoists|James Huneker
Of course this was entirely on the histrionic side, but it gives an idea of the preparation one needs.Vocal Mastery|Harriette Brower
I don't know how long I watched; how long all the immortal flame in me lent itself to the histrionic purposes of that woman.
Histrionic art always and everywhere suffers from the ephemeral conditions under which it has to be externalised.The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi; Volume the first|Count Carlo Gozzi
"To bow gracefully to the inevitable is strong evidence of the histrionic gift," he said.One Man's View|Leonard Merrick
British Dictionary definitions for histrionic
Word Origin for histrionic
Word Origin and History for histrionic
"theatrical" (figuratively, "hypocritical"), 1640s, from Latin histrionicus "pertaining to an actor," from histrio (genitive histrionis) "actor," said to be of Etruscan origin. The literal sense in English is from 1759.