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theatrical

[ thee-a-tri-kuhl ]
/ θiˈæ trɪ kəl /
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adjective Also the·at·ric.

of or relating to the theater or dramatic presentations: theatrical performances.
suggestive of the theater or of acting; artificial, pompous, spectacular, or extravagantly histrionic: a theatrical display of grief.

noun

theatricals,
  1. dramatic performances, now especially as given by amateurs.
  2. artificial or histrionic actions.
a professional actor: a family of renowned theatricals.

RELATED WORDS

hit, show, drama, performance, comedy, musical, opera, play, theater, farce, scene, production, tragedy, melodrama, turkey, smash, theatrical, flop, mask, entertainment

Nearby words

theatines, theatre, theatre of cruelty, theatre of the absurd, theatre-in-the-round, theatrical, theatrical film, theatricalism, theatricalize, theatricals, theatricism

Origin of theatrical

1550–60; < Late Latin theātric(us) < Greek theātrikós, equivalent to theā́tr(on) theater + -ikos -ic + -al1
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British Dictionary definitions for theatricals (1 of 2)

theatricals

/ (θɪˈætrɪkəlz) /

pl n

dramatic performances and entertainments, esp as given by amateurs

British Dictionary definitions for theatricals (2 of 2)

theatrical

/ (θɪˈætrɪkəl) /

adjective

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

theatrical


adj.

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

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