theatrical

[ thee-a-tri-kuhl ]
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adjectiveAlso the·at·ric.
  1. of or relating to the theater or dramatic presentations: theatrical performances.

  2. suggestive of the theater or of acting; artificial, pompous, spectacular, or extravagantly histrionic: a theatrical display of grief.

noun
  1. theatricals,

    • dramatic performances, now especially as given by amateurs.

    • artificial or histrionic actions.

  2. a professional actor: a family of renowned theatricals.

Origin of theatrical

1
1550–60; <Late Latin theātric(us) <Greek theātrikós, equivalent to theā́tr(on) theater + -ikos-ic + -al1

Other words for theatrical

Other words from theatrical

  • the·at·ri·cal·i·ty [thee-a-tri-kal-i-tee], /θiˌæ trɪˈkæl ɪ ti/, the·at·ri·cal·ness, noun
  • the·at·ri·cal·ly, adverb
  • half-the·at·ri·cal, adjective
  • non·the·at·ric, adjective
  • non·the·at·ri·cal, adjective
  • non·the·at·ri·cal·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·the·at·ri·cal, adjective
  • o·ver·the·at·ri·cal·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·the·at·ri·cal·ness, noun
  • qua·si-the·at·ri·cal, adjective
  • qua·si-the·at·ri·cal·ly, adverb
  • sem·i·the·at·ric, adjective
  • sem·i·the·at·ri·cal, adjective
  • sem·i·the·at·ri·cal·ly, adverb
  • un·the·at·ric, adjective
  • un·the·at·ri·cal, adjective
  • un·the·at·ri·cal·ly, adverb

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How to use theatrical in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for theatrical

theatrical

/ (θɪˈætrɪkəl) /


adjective
  1. of or relating to the theatre or dramatic performances

  2. exaggerated and affected in manner or behaviour; histrionic

Derived forms of theatrical

  • theatricality or theatricalness, noun
  • theatrically, adverb

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