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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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I pray for good health, so that even after my retirement as a lecturer, I will still be histrionically engaged.
Some viewers might find that, like a $3 bottle of wine, there's a certain so-bad-it's-good pleasure to how things unfold here: predictably, violently and histrionically, and leaving you with a bad hangover.
If, after achieving their 'victory,' the Nazis proceeded to liquidate the ghetto, it must have caused ironical laughter somewhere--but it was not the Nazis who laughed." (5) Soon thereafter, the prominent syndicated columnist Dorothy Thompson wrote an article histrionically titled "Homage to the Christian Poles and the Maccabean Jews of Warsaw!" for the Washington Evening Star.
The creative body of the poem begins with line 24 then, when Caliban seems to rise up erect from his prone position of wallowing in the mud and histrionically heralds his soliloquy with the rousing line, "Setebos, Setebos, and Setebos!" Finally, after working through his "seven theses" of philosophy and logic, Caliban senses that danger is approaching and that his stage time is coming to an end.
'Where did he go?' I was not speaking histrionically. I asked because I wanted to know." (4) Several months after his recovery from the experience he characterizes as a "deformation" he discovers that someone is using his name and impersonating him in Jerusalem to promote a movement called Diasporism, which advocates for the return of all European Jews in Israel to their European countries of origin.
I'm detoxed, focussed." She pointed histrionically out toward the road.
Like the histrionically dressed woman in 'The Hunger Games' who focuses on costumes and fripperies while society crumbles around her ears, I've tried to write about other things, not because disbelief and legitimate criticism of the administration aren't important to say, but because I had become deadened to talking or hearing about them; because other people are writing about these, and doing it better; and because, no matter how well they write about it, it seems not to make a difference.
He serves beneath the over-promoted, and histrionically working-class, Arthur Pye, with whom, it quickly transpires, he shares some personal history: several years prior to the war, Pye's sister abducted Roe's son.
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.
After a bitter fight with James Baldwin (who sold "Letter from a Region in My Mind" to the New Yorker although it had been commissioned by Commentary), Podhoretz condemns him histrionically to anyone who will listen.
And if some of his poems are prayer-like in tone, the "prayers" in the "prayers and words and lights" referred to in this text do not get replaced (by another kind of prayer, say), but more dramatically, yet not "histrionically," as Shreiber is right to note (76), renounced.