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his·tri·on·ic

 (hĭs′trē-ŏn′ĭk) also his·tri·on·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
adj.
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.

histrionic

(ˌhɪstrɪˈɒnɪk) or

histrionical

adj
1. excessively dramatic, insincere, or artificial: histrionic gestures.
2. rare dramatic
n
3. (plural) melodramatic displays of temperament
4. (Theatre) rare (plural, functioning as singular) dramatics
[C17: from Late Latin histriōnicus of a player, from histriō actor]
ˌhistriˈonically adv

his•tri•on•ic

(ˌhɪs triˈɒn ɪk)

adj.
1. deliberately affected or self-consciously emotional; overly dramatic in behavior or speech.
2. of or pertaining to actors or acting.
[1640–50; < Late Latin histrōnicus of actors]
his`tri•on′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.histrionic - characteristic of acting or a stage performancehistrionic - characteristic of acting or a stage performance; often affected; "histrionic gestures"; "an attitude of melodramatic despair"; "a theatrical pose"
theatrical - suited to or characteristic of the stage or theater; "a theatrical pose"; "one of the most theatrical figures in public life"

histrionic

adjective
1. theatrical, affected, dramatic, forced, camp (informal), actorly, artificial, unnatural, melodramatic, actressy Dorothea let out a histrionic groan.
plural noun
1. dramatics, scene, tantrums, performance, temperament, theatricality, staginess When I explained everything, there were no histrionics.

histrionic

adjective
1. Of or relating to drama or the theater:
2. Suggesting drama or a stage performance, as in emotionality or suspense:
Translations

histrionic

[ˌhɪstrɪˈɒnɪk] ADJhistriónico

histrionic

[ˌhɪstriˈɒnɪk] adj [behaviour] → de cabotin(e), histrionique; [person] → théâtral(e)

histrionic

adj
(= overdone, affected)theatralisch
(= relating to acting)schauspielerisch

histrionic

[ˌhɪstrɪˈɒnɪk] adj (pej) → istrionesco/a

histrionic

a. histriónico-a, dramático-a.

histrionic

adj histriónico
References in classic literature ?
Now, in the first place, this censure attaches not to the poetic but to the histrionic art; for gesticulation may be equally overdone in epic recitation, as by Sosi-stratus, or in lyrical competition, as by Mnasitheus the Opuntian.
That no doubt is the real reason for the growth of quiet marriages; and the desire for them, I suspect, comes first from the man, for there are few women who at heart do not prefer the old histrionic display.
It was always for the sake of that particular scene that Newland Archer went to see "The Shaughraun." He thought the adieux of Montague and Ada Dyas as fine as anything he had ever seen Croisette and Bressant do in Paris, or Madge Robertson and Kendal in London; in its reticence, its dumb sorrow, it moved him more than the most famous histrionic outpourings.
We saw also an autograph letter of Lucrezia Borgia, a lady for whom I have always entertained the highest respect, on account of her rare histrionic capabilities, her opulence in solid gold goblets made of gilded wood, her high distinction as an operatic screamer, and the facility with which she could order a sextuple funeral and get the corpses ready for it.
The dialogue between Zarathustra and the Magician reveals pretty fully what it was that Nietzsche grew to loathe so intensely in Wagner,--viz., his pronounced histrionic tendencies, his dissembling powers, his inordinate vanity, his equivocalness, his falseness.
We have reason to know that Miss Snevellicci IS the lady who was implicated in that mysterious and romantic affair, and whose conduct on that occasion did no less honour to her head and heart, than do her histrionic triumphs to her brilliant genius.' A copious assortment of such paragraphs as these, with long bills of benefits all ending with 'Come Early', in large capitals, formed the principal contents of Miss Snevellicci's scrapbook.
Scene ii, 1 ff.: A famous piece of professional histrionic criticism, springing from Shakspere's irritation at bad acting; of course it is irrelevant to the play.
It was quite probable that Stephen, the adventurer, would hold his tongue, through his mere histrionic pleasure in playing a part, his lust for clinging to his new cosy quarters, his rascal's trust in luck, and his fine fencing.
People are beginning to see him as histrionic: pure and simple.
Childhood traumatic experiences had positive correlation with histrionic (r = .23, p <0.05), narcissistic (r = .14, p <0.05), borderline (r = .19, p <0.05) and antisocial personality disorder (r = .17, p <0.01).
A significant correlation of female gender was found in the second phase with emotionally unstable-borderline type, histrionic, anxious and dependent personality independently (Table-5).
Talented actors and actresses like Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh in Gone with the Wind, Omar Sharif in Dr Zhivago, Burt Lancaster in The Train, Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca and For whom the Bells Toll achieved pinnacles of histrionic glory.