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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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1. Of or relating to drama or the theater:
2. Suggesting drama or a stage performance, as in emotionality or suspense:
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Wang Anyi's historical conjecture on her father's histrionical caprice of the mainland as a wonderland is a double imagination.
Firstly, it was the extravagant and histrionical Bowden who was the villain of the Oval.