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or play·act (plā′ăkt′)
intr.v. play-act·ed, play-act·ing, play-acts also play·act·ed or play·act·ing also play·acts
1. To play a role in a dramatic performance.
2. To play a pretended role; make believe.
3. To behave in an overdramatic or artificial manner.
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Noun1.playacting - the performance of a part or role in a dramaplayacting - the performance of a part or role in a drama
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
personation, portrayal, characterization, enactment - acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture
personation, impersonation - imitating the mannerisms of another person
method acting, method - an acting technique introduced by Stanislavsky in which the actor recalls emotions or reactions from his or her own life and uses them to identify with the character being portrayed
dumb show, pantomime, mime - a performance using gestures and body movements without words
byplay, stage business, business - incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect; "his business with the cane was hilarious"
performance - the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment; "we congratulated him on his performance at the rehearsal"; "an inspired performance of Mozart's C minor concerto"
skit - a short theatrical episode
hamming, overacting - poor acting by a ham actor
heroics - ostentatious or vainglorious or extravagant or melodramatic conduct; "heroics are for those epic films they make in Hollywood"
reenactment - performing a role in an event that occurred at an earlier time; "the reenactment of the battle of Princeton"
roleplaying - acting a particular role (as in psychotherapy)
performing arts - arts or skills that require public performance
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References in classic literature ?
"Why yes," said Joe, lowering his voice, "he's left the Church, and went into the playacting. Which the playacting have likeways brought him to London along with me.
It's simulation and playacting, and for me it cannot happen.
The rules of rugby have been tightened up further but the Leinster boss says: "It's important that we're still instilling the right values because it shouldn't be about playacting.
Obviously the lead needs to be set by Fifa and that's why I really hope over these coming weeks there is a real crackdown on any of this playacting, or dissent.
RED-CARD rebel Joey Barton has threatened to become the first player to sue refs for bad decisions and opponents for playacting.
REFEREES are supposed to have wised up to players who are known for playacting.
Take away his playacting and Gervais doesn't really have that much to say about fame.
However, the writer is not urging "playacting." The writer, recognizing that her/his readers are baptized ("sealed," v.
Crespo's 19-year-old Argentina team-mate Messi was accused of playacting and the second leg at the Nou Camp could be an explosive affair.
It's all about playacting at being in another era--one embodied in "the theatrical gestures of the Bauhaus, George Platt Lynes's lush photographs of the American Ballet Theatre, the stylized choreography of the Ballets Russes, Martha Graham's Lamentation," as Martin enumerates some of her sources--which one simultaneously suspects of having been mostly playacting in the first place.
IN a week when football has been dominated by the fallout from the theatrical playacting of Chelsea's Arjen Robben, Fulham's Heidar Helguson proved there are still some real hard men in the game.
Much of the playacting around sex itself is designed to convince the top man that he's the one in charge, but if this were truly the case, why does he need so many verbal assurances that he's doing a great job?