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histrionics

[ his-tree-on-iks ]
/ ˌhɪs triˈɒn ɪks /
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Definition of histrionics

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.
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Origin of histrionics

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH histrionics

hysterics, histrionics
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