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.

Origin of histrionics

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

Can be confused

hysterics histrionics

Definition for histrionics (2 of 2)

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 histrionics

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 Forms

histrionically, adverb

Word Origin for histrionic

C17: from Late Latin histriōnicus of a player, from histriō actor
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