from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Theatrical manner or style; showiness.
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- n. theatrical style or behaviour
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The theory and methods of scenic representations.
- n. Staginess; artificial manner.
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Mixed with all the nineteenth century theatricalism, the early twentieth-century talent for making movies move, and the overall impression of utter falsity, Unconquered has some authentic flavor of the period.
Where theatricalism governs all, and Hamlet is master of the revels, we hold fast to Horatio, who is too drab to be theatrical.
Absolutely natural and approachable at all times with never the remotest hint of theatricalism, (unless the careless tossing over his shoulder of one flap of the cape of a cherished brown overcoat might be called theatrical), he is yet so many sided and complex that, without this self-same naturalness, often would be misunderstood.
You never hear it sung by concert singers; because it has no theatricalism in it.
"Has it been nothing but a bit of theatricalism, after all?"
He laughed with a sense of treating himself to a theatricalism.
Shorn of so much of the theatricalism of ordinary stage performances, there was reality and charm about this that warmed the spectators into frequent bursts of spontaneous enthusiasm which were as draughts of elixir to the players.
The assassin fell as he sprang from the box to the stage, where he brandished his bloody dagger, yelled with terrible theatricalism, "_sic semper tyrannis_," and stalking lamely from the platform disappeared in the darkness and rode away.
He found it finally and opened it on a table, displaying with some theatricalism a rectangular piece of muslin and a similar patch of striped ticking.
"Don't you love him -- really?" cried Constance, face and voice full of the most thrilling theatricalism.