from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Theatrical arts or performances.
- n. Exaggerated emotional behavior calculated for effect.
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- 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
Oh right, we did, and thanks to some histrionics from the likes of the mayor people said no. why not?
That's what separates Lewis 'histrionics from the self-celebratory antics of some of his peers, his actions giving voice to what the aforementioned, relatively stoic stars of yore certainly felt.
6 Comments: histrionics from the steel lady, so genuine, non?
Her histrionics were a little bag of tricks to get her through, but underneath, she was lonely and terrified.
So when Ms. Winslet won two awards last night, her histrionics were a little too much for us to take.
And, if they were looking for Flair - which is to say histrionics - how could they miss with that kind of pick?
Look, we all know the economy is bad, but fear and worry are not going to solve our problems, and gratuitously ratcheting up the histrionics is the last thing that we need right now.
And that kind of histrionics is not only unsustainable, but dangerous.
Those expecting to see the kind of histrionics commonly displayed in movie courtroom dramas - picture, for example, the bombastic William Jennings Bryan character in "Inherit the Wind" - would have been disappointed in the hearing.
If you haven't seen it, in a straightforward manner free of the kind of histrionics on display on the "No Spin Zone" every night, Robert Greenwald of Brave New Films (disclosure: they employ me) shows the pattern of bias in which Fox engages, skewing one of the key precepts of a fully-functioning democracy.