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- n. overacting; hamming
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A quick comment related only to the topic of encountering new words: I discovered the lovely word 'cabotinage' while watching Spellbound this week.
At eighteen, submitted to a sort of continual cabotinage, Lydia was, beneath the most attractive exterior, a being profoundly, though unconsciously, wicked, capable of very little affection -- she loved no one truly but her brother -- open to the invasion of the passions of hatred which are the natural products of proud and false minds.
At eighteen, submitted to a sort of continual cabotinage, Lydia was, beneath the most attractive exterior,
Superior to any shade of cabotinage, he yet almost resembled an actor who, between his moments on the stage, revisits his dressing-room and, before the glass, pressed by his need of effect, retouches his make-up.