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Monday, June 04, 2012

Definitions for histrionics

  1. Behavior or speech for effect, as insincere or exaggerated expression of an emotion.
  2. Dramatic representation; theatricals; acting.

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Citations for histrionics
You are constantly talking about Beate's histrionics, her showing off. Alberto Moravia, 1934
Of course it is not only southern writers, of lyrical bent, who engage in such histrionics and shout, "Look at me!" Perhaps it is a parable of all artists. Tennessee Williams, New Selected Essays
Origin of histrionics
Though it sounds like the word history, histrionics has a different root. It comes from the Etruscan root histriōn- which meant "actor".
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