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 (hĭs′trē-ŏn′ĭk) also his·tri·on·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
1. Of or relating to actors or acting: "The specific innovations of the commedia dell'arte were not in the domain of narrative and characterization, but in its unique stress on the histrionic abilities of the actors" (Eli Rozik).
2. Excessively dramatic or emotional; affected: "Next Father Brackin tackled a topic that was discussed in confidential—sometimes histrionic—tones around the seminary: end-of-the-year evaluations" (Jonathan Englert).

[Late Latin histriōnicus, from Latin histriō, histriōn-, actor, probably of Etruscan origin.]

his′tri·on′i·cal·ly adv.


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A proportion of the public were histrionically upset, but they represented a highly vocal minority, not most of the country, for whom the main sadness was the thought of two boys who had lost their mother.
With herd immunity compromised, a blip up to 100 cases of measles per year was histrionically described as a huge epidemic.
2, Charlemont is stayed from killing Sebastian, who has come to D'Amville's defense, preserved by the timely (and histrionically timed) appearance of the ghost: "Let him revenge my murder and thy wrongs / To whom the justice of revenge belongs.
He states: "Instead of histrionically demanding vetoes and redlines in a negotiating process in which they will play no formal part, Welsh ministers should focus on those areas where they can make a positive difference to people's lives.
poems that include the histrionically bleak titles "Remorse,"
One politician even rather histrionically declared that the sons of Dagohoy will not submit to the sons of Lapu-Lapu
Nero also crosses the contradictions and the rankings of the Roman world schizophrenically or histrionically dissolving them into the carnival.
I have heard conductor-less orchestras perform the work far less histrionically.
I remember Prince John Lowenstein, surprisingly out of place in Singapore of that time, flapping his hand histrionically at the swarm of tiny black ants in his sugar bowl.
Although Racette has made the tide role virtually her own at the Metropolitan Opera, it was Kaduce who offered the more vocally detailed and histrionically finer interpretation, opposite the robust Pinkerton of Italian tenor Stefano Secco (alternating with Andrea Care).
The readings thus afforded audiences the opportunity to increase both their physical proximity to and level of engagement with the characters Dickens histrionically revived, particularly since Dickens requested that they participate in the performances by vocally expressing their emotions to the readings as they wished.
This is a season that could veer from historically brilliant, to histrionically disastrous.