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[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

“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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