- 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 histrionically
Historical Examples of histrionically
But histrionically it must be confessed that things dragged a little.
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
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
That it be seriously done with a real intention of doing the thing, and not histrionically, ludicrously, or in jest.A Christian Directory
- excessively dramatic, insincere, or artificialhistrionic gestures
- rare dramatic
- (plural) melodramatic displays of temperament
- rare (plural, functioning as singular) dramatics
Word Origin for histrionic
Word Origin and History for histrionically
"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.