histrionics

[his-tree-on-iks]
noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
1.
dramatic representation; theatricals; acting.
2.
behavior or speech for effect, as insincere or exaggerated expression of an emotion; dramatics; operatics: Cut out the histrionics—we know you're not really mad.

Origin:
1860–65; see histrionic, -ics

hysterics, histrionics.
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histrionic

[his-tree-on-ik]
adjective Also, histrionical.
1.
of or pertaining to actors or acting.
2.
deliberately affected or self-consciously emotional; overly dramatic, in behavior or speech.
noun
3.
an actor.

Origin:
1640–50; < Late Latin histrōnicus of actors, equivalent to histriōn- (stem of histriō) actor (said to be < Etruscan) + -icus -ic

histrionically, adverb
nonhistrionic, adjective
nonhistrionical, adjective
nonhistrionically, adverb
nonhistrionicalness, noun
unhistrionic, adjective
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histrionic or histrionical (ˌhɪstrɪˈɒnɪk)
 
adj
1.  excessively dramatic, insincere, or artificial: histrionic gestures
2.  rare dramatic
 
n
3.  (plural) melodramatic displays of temperament
4.  rare (plural, functioning as singular) dramatics
 
[C17: from Late Latin histriōnicus of a player, from histriō actor]
 
histrionical or histrionical
 
adj
 
n
 
[C17: from Late Latin histriōnicus of a player, from histriō actor]
 
histri'onically or histrionical
 
adv

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histrionic
1648, from L. histrionicus "pertaining to an actor," from histrio (gen. histrionis) "actor," said to be of Etruscan origin.
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Example sentences
After the histrionics of the last few days, the spring and summer couture
  collections ended on a calming note today.
In the past he has faced down critics with histrionics and theatrical
  brinkmanship.
It is rare to encounter such a determined lack of ostentatious histrionics in
  this music.
Either would be appropriate channels for your histrionics.
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