- dramatic performances, now especially as given by amateurs.
- artificial or histrionic actions.
- a professional actor: a family of renowned theatricals.
Origin of theatrical
SynonymsSee more synonyms for theatrical on Thesaurus.com
2. exaggerated, melodramatic, stagy, extravagant.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for theatrically
“The voices made me do it,” he said, and theatrically clutched both sides of his head.Inside a Hospital for the Criminally Insane
September 15, 2014
And yet Kennedy did not theatrically utter a prayer—not as we acknowledge it these days.Love Versus the ‘Liberal Gulag’
April 8, 2014
The criticism is real and valid, but the sins exist on a spectrum between the technically critical and the theatrically hilarious.The Witty Genius of YouTube’s CinemaSins: Everything Wrong with Your Favorite Movie
April 3, 2014
"We'll go to supper," said Miss Montgomery theatrically, appearing at the door.The Crusade of the Excelsior
Its reputation is as theatrically artificial as that of the New York Bowery.Nights in London
We are sorry that she dismissed La Blancherie quite so theatrically.The Women of the French Salons
Amelia Gere Mason
"Mary Stuart" is theatrically no less than dramatically conceived.Essays on Scandinavian Literature
Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
She gave it out with pathos, paused, and was theatrically distressed.The Wits and Beaux of Society
Grace Wharton and Philip Wharton
- of or relating to the theatre or dramatic performances
- exaggerated and affected in manner or behaviour; histrionic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for theatrically
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper