adjective Also the·at·ric.
of or relating to the theater or dramatic presentations: theatrical performances. suggestive of the theater or of acting; artificial, pompous, spectacular, or extravagantly histrionic: a theatrical display of grief.
- dramatic performances, now especially as given by amateurs.
- artificial or histrionic actions.
a professional actor: a family of renowned theatricals.
Origin of theatrical
1550–60;Related formsthe·at·ri·cal·i·ty [thee-a-tri-kal-i-tee] /θiˌæ trɪˈkæl ɪ ti/, the·at·ri·cal·ness, nounthe·at·ri·cal·ly, adverbhalf-the·at·ri·cal, adjectivenon·the·at·ric, adjectivenon·the·at·ri·cal, adjectivenon·the·at·ri·cal·ly, adverbo·ver·the·at·ri·cal, adjectiveo·ver·the·at·ri·cal·ly, adverbo·ver·the·at·ri·cal·ness, nounqua·si-the·at·ri·cal, adjectivequa·si-the·at·ri·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·the·at·ric, adjectivesem·i·the·at·ri·cal, adjectivesem·i·the·at·ri·cal·ly, adverbun·the·at·ric, adjectiveun·the·at·ri·cal, adjectiveun·the·at·ri·cal·ly, adverb
< Late Latin theātric(us
) < Greek theātrikós,
equivalent to theā́tr(on
+ -ikos -ic
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Related Words for theatricaffecting
Examples from the Web for theatric
Historical Examples of theatric
This action of the girl seemed a thought too opportune and much too theatric.
Why not to Paris that her theatric gifts might receive training?
In his theatric way he used to tell his intimates that he was haunted by all the Furies.
It warmed my vanity to think of myself as clever in so theatric a rle as thief.
On her face had been no theatric expression which would have warranted a close-up.
British Dictionary definitions for theatric
Derived Formstheatricality or theatricalness, nountheatrically, adverb
of or relating to the theatre or dramatic performances
exaggerated and affected in manner or behaviour; histrionic
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Word Origin and History for theatric
1550s, "pertaining to the theater," from theater + -ical. Sense of "stagy, histrionic" is attested from 1709.
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