(used with a singular verb) the art of staging plays and other stage performances.
(used with a plural verb) exaggerated, artificial, or histrionic mannerisms, actions, or words.

Origin of theatrics

1800–10; theatr(ic) + -ics Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for theatrics

dramatics, histrionics, stagecraft, acting, theatricality

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noun (functioning as singular)

the art of staging plays
exaggerated mannerisms or displays of emotions
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Word Origin and History for theatrics

1807, "matters pertaining to the stage," from theater; also see -ics. Meaning "theatrical behavior" is attested from 1929, American English.

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