View synonyms for histrionics


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, (used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. dramatic representation; theatricals; acting.
  2. 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.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of histrionics1

First recorded in 1860–65; histrionic, -ics

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Example Sentences

But the histrionics in that caucus are simply a prelude to an ultimate cave.

Their histrionics were more appropriate for a bad episode of Law & Order.

Such a slow set-up was typical: no crash-bang corpse-on-first-page histrionics.

We say should because only you, and your histrionics, stand in the way.

The histrionics continued as he got out of the car, went into makeup and sat down to talk to Ted Koppel.

He would wish to know what it was supposed to be, like Nash's histrionics.

Mary continued without giving much attention to these histrionics.

At such times she astonished him by taking his most solemn histrionics with flippant incredulity, and even burlesquing them.

He saw the humour of the comedy he was acting, and dispassionately approved himself, because he did not give way to histrionics.

Are you about to turn actor, and do you trust to her for instruction in histrionics?





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