[his-tree-on-iks] /ˌhɪs triˈɒn ɪks/

noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
dramatic representation; theatricals; acting.
behavior or speech for effect, as insincere or exaggerated expression of an emotion; dramatics; operatics:
Cut out the histrionics—we know you’re not really mad.
[his-tree-on-ik] /ˌhɪs triˈɒn ɪk/
adjective, Also, histrionical
of or relating to actors or acting.
deliberately affected or self-consciously emotional; overly dramatic, in behavior or speech.
an actor.
excessively dramatic, insincere, or artificial: histrionic gestures
(rare) dramatic
(pl) melodramatic displays of temperament
(rare) (pl, functioning as singular) dramatics

“theatrics, pretense,” 1864, from histrionic; also see -ics.

“theatrical” (figuratively, “hypocritical”), 1640s, from Latin histrionicus “pertaining to an actor,” from histrio (genitive histrionis) “actor,” said to be of Etruscan origin. The literal sense in English is from 1759.


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