from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Theatrical arts or performances.
  • n. Exaggerated emotional behavior calculated for effect.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Exaggerated, overemotional behaviour, especially when calculated to elicit a response; melodramatics.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The histrionic art; stageplaying; acting.
  • n. Insincere, exaggeratedly emotional or overly dramatical speech or behavior performed to create an impression rather than as an expression of true feeling; feigned emotion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a performance of a play
  • n. a deliberate display of emotion for effect


See the etymology of histrionic. (Wiktionary)



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