noun plural but singular or plural in construction Date: 1864 1. theatrical performances 2. deliberate display of emotion for effect

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  • histrionics — his tri*on ics, n. 1. The histrionic art; stageplaying; acting. [PJC] 2. Insincere, exaggeratedly emotional or overly dramatical speech or behavior performed to create an impression rather than as an expression of true feeling; feigned emotion.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • histrionics — I noun acting, affectation, affectedness, airs, ars ludicra, artificial behavior for effect, display, dramatic art, dramatic representation, dramaturgy, emotional display for effect, exaggeration, false show, fanfaronade, melodramatics,… …   Law dictionary

  • histrionics — “theatrics, pretense,” 1864, from HISTRIONIC (Cf. histrionic); also see ICS (Cf. ics) …   Etymology dictionary

  • histrionics — [n] theatrics dramatics, dramatization, performance, performing; concept 674 …   New thesaurus

  • histrionics — [his΄trē än′iks] pl.n. [sometimes with sing. v.] 1. theatricals; dramatics 2. an artificial or affected manner, display of emotion, etc.; melodramatics …   English World dictionary

  • histrionics — [[t]hɪ̱striɒ̱nɪks[/t]] N PLURAL (disapproval) If you disapprove of someone s dramatic and exaggerated behaviour, you can describe it as histrionics. When I explained everything to my mum and dad, there were no histrionics …   English dictionary

  • histrionics — /his tree on iks/, n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) 1. dramatic representation; theatricals; acting. 2. behavior or speech for effect, as insincere or exaggerated expression of an emotion; dramatics; operatics: Cut out the histrionics we know you …   Universalium

  • histrionics — noun /hɪstɹiˈɒnɪks,hɪstɹiˈɑnɪks/ Exaggerated, overemotional behaviour, especially when calculated to elicit a response; melodramatics. I’m tired of Mary’s histrionics. Syn: drama …   Wiktionary

  • histrionics — Synonyms and related words: Thespian art, amateur theatricals, blazon, blood and thunder, bravura, brilliancy, daring, dash, demonstration, demonstrativeness, display, dramatic art, dramatic form, dramatic irony, dramatic stroke, dramatic… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • histrionics — I (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Acting] Syn. dramatics, showmanship, performing; see acting , drama 1 , 2 , performance 2 . 2. [Affectation] Syn. deceit, pretension, put on*; see deception 1 , pretense 1 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. theatrics,… …   English dictionary for students

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