from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to actors or acting.
- adj. Excessively dramatic or emotional; affected.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, or relating to actors or acting
- adj. Excessively dramatic or emotional, especially with the intention to draw attention.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or relating to the stage or a stageplayer; befitting a theatre; theatrical.
- adj. Affectedly dramatic; insincerely emotional; -- sometimes used in a bad sense.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to actors or acting; befitting the stage; theatrical; hence, feigned for effect; unreal.
- n. A dramatic performer; a stage-player.
- n. plural The art of theatrical representation; dramatic manner or expression: as, the histrionics of a stump-speaker.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. characteristic of acting or a stage performance; often affected
A writer who refers to a legislator that has been appointed to an Obama committee as a flaming liberal calling me histrionic is hilarious.
Police indulged in 'histrionic gestures' during investigation of loans-for-peerages allegations, says former aide to Tony Blair
The word histrionic is derived through the Latin from an Etruscan word which means "to leap" and was originally applied to dancers.
Irrfan we know as a histrionic powerhouse, but here he's playing an action hero.
Here, I did think Mr. Comey's testimony was "histrionic" -- that is, "of a theatrical quality."
Currently, personality disorders include everything from the debilitating, often deadly illness known as histrionic personality disorder, a symptom of which is that the sufferer
Eminem's sixth album, Recovery, comes pre-installed with the kind of histrionic fannying-about now featured as standard on high-profile US urban releases.
Will patients be ready to assimilate plenty of other doctor verbiage, such as "histrionic," "chronic complainer" or "drug-seeking behavior"?
It was the kind of histrionic gesture which appealed to dear Maggie.
She directs me to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders which lists eight criteria for a "histrionic" personality, and they do seem strikingly relevant to Britney.