[ thee-a-tri-kuh-liz-uhm ]
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  1. conduct suggesting theatrical actions or mannerisms, especially of an extravagant or exhibitionist sort.

Origin of theatricalism

First recorded in 1850–55; theatrical + -ism

Other words from theatricalism

  • sem·i·the·at·ri·cal·ism, noun

Words Nearby theatricalism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use theatricalism in a sentence

  • It must be admitted that for sheer theatricalism that gentleman beat any composer who preceded him.

    Richard Wagner | John F. Runciman
  • It was a deceit, he felt, a bit of theatricalism,—the simulated modesty of a woman of experience.

  • There is drama in the pause; a fine theatricalism in the interlude.

    The Glory of The Coming | Irvin S. Cobb
  • France, during his day, was governed by the dictates of theatricalism.

    Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning | Willard Huntington Wright
  • There was no curtain, no stage, no scenery, no theatricalism.

    Homespun Tales | Kate Douglas Wiggin