[thee-a-tri-kuh-liz-uh m]


conduct suggesting theatrical actions or mannerisms, especially of an extravagant or exhibitionist sort.

Origin of theatricalism

First recorded in 1850–55; theatrical + -ism
Related formssem·i·the·at·ri·cal·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for theatricalism

Historical Examples of theatricalism

  • He laughed with a sense of treating himself to a theatricalism.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • France, during his day, was governed by the dictates of theatricalism.

  • There was no curtain, no stage, no scenery, no theatricalism.

    Homespun Tales

    Kate Douglas Wiggin

  • You never hear it sung by concert singers; because it has no theatricalism in it.

    The Dead Men's Song

    Champion Ingraham Hitchcock

  • Only the French genius is capable of just such a splendid blend of naïveté, emotion, and the best kind of theatricalism.