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/ ˌhɪs triˈɒn ɪk /
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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.
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Origin of histrionic
1640–50; <Late Latin histrōnicus of actors, equivalent to histriōn- (stem of histriō) actor (said to be <Etruscan ) + -icus-ic
OTHER WORDS FROM histrionic
his·tri·on·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·his·tri·on·ic, adjectivenon·his·tri·on·i·cal, adjectivenon·his·tri·on·i·cal·ly, adverb
non·his·tri·on·i·cal·ness, nounun·his·tri·on·ic, adjective
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How to use histrionic in a sentence
As a result he was but histrionically master of himself when the Countess Livia or the nimbus of the lady appeared in the room.The Amazing Marriage, Complete|George Meredith
True, she could act; she had been told by many a great impressario that histrionically she had no peer in grand opera.The Place of Honeymoons|Harold MacGrath
That it be seriously done with a real intention of doing the thing, and not histrionically, ludicrously, or in jest.A Christian Directory|Baxter Richard
He could not adopt a moral bias histrionically, after the manner of Hegel or Nietzsche.Character and Opinion in the United States|David Goodger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
But histrionically it must be confessed that things dragged a little.
British Dictionary definitions for histrionic
/ (ˌhɪstrɪˈɒnɪk) /
excessively dramatic, insincere, or artificialhistrionic gestures
(plural) melodramatic displays of temperament
rare (plural, functioning as singular) dramatics
Derived forms of histrionichistrionically, adverb
Word Origin for histrionic
C17: from Late Latin histriōnicus of a player, from histriō actor
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