from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Theatrical manner or style; showiness.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The theory and methods of scenic representations.
  • noun Staginess; artificial manner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun theatrical style or behaviour


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  • The play is so simply written that there is never a suggestion of the theater about it; even such a tired trick as the singing of an off-stage army marching off to war somehow loses all theatricalism and becomes grippingly real, so naturally and quietly is it brought in.

    —Dorothy Parker, review of John Drinkwater's play Abraham Lincoln, in Vanity Fair, Feb. 1920

    November 13, 2008