- of or relating to actors or acting.
- deliberately affected or self-consciously emotional; overly dramatic, in behavior or speech.
- an actor.
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
September 20, 2014
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.)
December 20, 2013
Wall Street Journal editorial-page writer Dorothy Rabinowitz recorded a histrionic anti-bike video that went viral.Why Conservatives Should Love Bike Share
June 9, 2013
Such miscues mired the show in histrionic soapiness, upsetting the delicate balance between domestic drama and social change.‘Downton Abbey’ Season 3 Review: A Return to Form
January 3, 2013
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
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.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
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.Napoleon the Little
- excessively dramatic, insincere, or artificialhistrionic gestures
- rare dramatic
- (plural) melodramatic displays of temperament
- rare (plural, functioning as singular) dramatics
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.