histrionic

[his-tree-on-ik]
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adjective Also his·tri·on·i·cal.
  1. of or relating to actors or acting.
  2. deliberately affected or self-consciously emotional; overly dramatic, in behavior or speech.
noun
  1. an actor.

Origin of histrionic

1640–50; < Late Latin histrōnicus of actors, equivalent to histriōn- (stem of histriō) actor (said to be < Etruscan) + -icus -ic
Related formshis·tri·on·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·his·tri·on·ic, adjectivenon·his·tri·on·i·cal, adjectivenon·his·tri·on·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·his·tri·on·i·cal·ness, nounun·his·tri·on·ic, adjective
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Related Words for histrionic

melodramatic, theatrical, thespian

Examples from the Web for histrionic

Contemporary Examples of histrionic

Historical Examples of histrionic

  • To the Roman, the scenic and histrionic were the vital features of a production.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus

    Wilton Wallace Blancke

  • Again no suggestion of the histrionic in the passionate voice.

  • The country host had always been a patron of the histrionic art.

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

  • She has inherited the histrionic gift from her mother—from me.

    Quin

    Alice Hegan Rice

  • His histrionic abilities were displayed at the Eglinton tournament.


British Dictionary definitions for histrionic

histrionic

histrionical

adjective
  1. excessively dramatic, insincere, or artificialhistrionic gestures
  2. rare dramatic
noun
  1. (plural) melodramatic displays of temperament
  2. rare (plural, functioning as singular) dramatics
Derived Formshistrionically, adverb

Word Origin for histrionic

C17: from Late Latin histriōnicus of a player, from histriō actor
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Word Origin and History for histrionic
adj.

"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.

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