- 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
- of or relating to actors or acting.
- deliberately affected or self-consciously emotional; overly dramatic, in behavior or speech.
- an actor.
Origin of histrionic
Examples from the Web for histrionics
But the histrionics in that caucus are simply a prelude to an ultimate cave.A Debt Deal Won’t Save Us
October 15, 2013
Their histrionics were more appropriate for a bad episode of Law & Order.Trayvon Was Black. It Matters.
July 15, 2013
We say should because only you, and your histrionics, stand in the way.The Stars Predict Your Week
Starsky + Cox
October 9, 2011
The histrionics continued as he got out of the car, went into makeup and sat down to talk to Ted Koppel.An American in Full
December 14, 2010
No one was surprised when McMahon had his head shaved, and no one enjoyed the histrionics any less for knowing it was inevitable.Will Mickey Rourke Fight at WrestleMania?
February 17, 2009
Her one art was histrionics of the kind that made an individual appeal.Within the Law
Edward put off his histrionics, and rushed up to her as the consoler—a new part for him.The Golden Age
He would wish to know what it was supposed to be, like Nash's histrionics.The Tragic Muse
It was a feint, she thought, histrionics for the gallery, perhaps for her.The Monster
In Oratorio we have the same thing without the scenery and the histrionics.Beauty and the Beast
Stewart A. McDowall
- excessively dramatic, insincere, or artificialhistrionic gestures
- rare dramatic
- (plural) melodramatic displays of temperament
- rare (plural, functioning as singular) dramatics
Word Origin and History for histrionics
"theatrical" (figuratively, "hypocritical"), 1640s, from Latin histrionicus "pertaining to an actor," from histrio (genitive histrionis) "actor," said to be of Etruscan origin. The literal sense in English is from 1759.