Histrionical
Histrionic His`tri*on"ic, Histrionical His`tri*on"ic*al, a. [L. histrionicus: cf. F. histrionique. See {Histrion}.] 1. Of or relating to the stage or a stageplayer; befitting a theatre; theatrical. [1913 Webster]

2. Affectedly dramatic; insincerely emotional; -- sometimes used in a bad sense. -- {His`tri*on"ic*al*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

Tainted with false and histrionic feeling. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]


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  • histrionical — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Of or relating to drama or the theater: dramatic, dramaturgic, dramaturgical, histrionic, theatric, theatrical, thespian. See PERFORMING ARTS. 2. Suggesting drama or a stage performance, as in emotionality or… …   English dictionary for students

  • histrionical — a. See histrionic …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • histrionical — his·tri·on·i·cal …   English syllables

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  • histrionic — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. theatrical; affected, exaggerated, dramatic. See drama, affectation. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. dramatic, melodramatic, artificial, theatrical; see affected 2 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus)… …   English dictionary for students

  • theatrical — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. dramatic, melodramatic; histrionic; scenic; showy, stagy, affected; vivid, moving. See affectation, drama, ostentation. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Concerning the theater] Syn. dramatic, amateur,… …   English dictionary for students

  • theatric — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Of or relating to drama or the theater: dramatic, dramaturgic, dramaturgical, histrionic, histrionical, theatrical, thespian. See PERFORMING ARTS. 2. Suggesting drama or a stage performance, as in emotionality… …   English dictionary for students

  • Histrionic — His tri*on ic, Histrionical His tri*on ic*al, a. [L. histrionicus: cf. F. histrionique. See {Histrion}.] 1. Of or relating to the stage or a stageplayer; befitting a theatre; theatrical. [1913 Webster] 2. Affectedly dramatic; insincerely… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Histrionically — Histrionic His tri*on ic, Histrionical His tri*on ic*al, a. [L. histrionicus: cf. F. histrionique. See {Histrion}.] 1. Of or relating to the stage or a stageplayer; befitting a theatre; theatrical. [1913 Webster] 2. Affectedly dramatic;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • histrionic — histrionically, adv. /his tree on ik/, adj. Also, histrionical. 1. of or pertaining to actors or acting. 2. deliberately affected or self consciously emotional; overly dramatic, in behavior or speech. n. 3. an actor. [1640 50; < LL histronicus of …   Universalium

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