histrionics

[ his-tree-on-iks ]
/ ˌhɪs triˈɒn ɪks /

noun (used with a singular or plural verb)

dramatic representation; theatricals; acting.
behavior or speech for effect, as insincere or exaggerated expression of an emotion; dramatics; operatics: Cut out the histrionics—we know you're not really mad.

QUIZZES

FOR LEXICAL ALIMENTATION, TAKE THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!

Nourish your vocabulary with a refresher on the words from the week of September 14–20, 2020!
Question 1 of 7
What does “blatherskite” mean?

Origin of histrionics

First recorded in 1860–65; see origin at histrionic, -ics

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH histrionics

hysterics, histrionics
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for histrionics