theatrical

[thee-a-tri-kuhl]
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adjective Also 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,
    1. dramatic performances, now especially as given by amateurs.
    2. artificial or histrionic actions.
  2. a professional actor: a family of renowned theatricals.

Origin of theatrical

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

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Related Words for theatricality

histrionics, acting, exhibitionism, stagecraft, theatrics

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British Dictionary definitions for theatricality

theatrical

adjective
  1. of or relating to the theatre or dramatic performances
  2. exaggerated and affected in manner or behaviour; histrionic
Derived Formstheatricality or theatricalness, nountheatrically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for theatricality

theatrical

adj.

1550s, "pertaining to the theater," from theater + -ical. Sense of "stagy, histrionic" is attested from 1709.

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