noun plural Date: 1807 1. theatrical 1 2. staged or contrived effects

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  • theatrics — (n.) 1807, matters pertaining to the stage, from THEATER (Cf. theater); also see ICS (Cf. ics). Meaning theatrical behavior is attested from 1929, American English …   Etymology dictionary

  • theatrics — [thē a′triks] n. the art of the theater pl.n. something done or said for theatrical effect; histrionic actions, manners, devices, etc …   English World dictionary

  • theatrics — thēˈa.triks, thiˈ , rēks noun plural Etymology: theatric + s 1. : theatrical II 1 amateur theatrics 2. : staged or contrived effects a tale of high adventure heightened not by studio theatrics but by one s sense of being an immediate participant… …   Useful english dictionary

  • theatrics — /thee a triks/, n. 1. (used with a sing. v.) the art of staging plays and other stage performances. 2. (used with a pl. v.) exaggerated, artificial, or histrionic mannerisms, actions, or words. [1800 10; THEATR(IC) + ICS] * * * …   Universalium

  • theatrics — noun histrionics …   Wiktionary

  • theatrics — 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

  • theatrics — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Overemotional exaggerated behavior calculated for effect: dramatics, histrionics, melodramatics, theatrical (used in plural). See FEELINGS, STYLE …   English dictionary for students

  • theatrics — the|at|rics [θiˈætrıks] n [plural] especially AmE behaviour that is very loud and noticeable, and is intended to get people s attention …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • theatrics — the|at|rics [ θi ætrıks ] noun plural MAINLY JOURNALISM ways of behaving or doing something that are intended to make people notice you instead of to achieve a particular aim …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • theatrics — n. theater, art of theater; excessively dramatic behavior …   English contemporary dictionary

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