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histrionics

[ his-tree-on-iks ]
/ ˌhɪs triˈɒn ɪks /
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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
hysterics, histrionics
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