histrionic

[ his-tree-on-ik ]
/ ˌhɪs triˈɒn ɪk /

adjective Also his·tri·on·i·cal.

of or relating to actors or acting.
deliberately affected or self-consciously emotional; overly dramatic, in behavior or speech.

noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for histrionic

histrionic

histrionical

/ (ˌhɪstrɪˈɒnɪk) /

adjective

excessively dramatic, insincere, or artificialhistrionic gestures
rare dramatic

noun

(plural) melodramatic displays of temperament
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

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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