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theatrical

[thee-a-tri-kuh l] /θiˈæ trɪ kəl/
adjective, Also, theatric
1.
of or relating to the theater or dramatic presentations:
theatrical performances.
2.
suggestive of the theater or of acting; artificial, pompous, spectacular, or extravagantly histrionic:
a theatrical display of grief.
noun
3.
theatricals.
  1. dramatic performances, now especially as given by amateurs.
  2. artificial or histrionic actions.
4.
a professional actor:
a family of renowned theatricals.
Origin of theatrical
1550-1560
1550-60; < Late Latin theātric(us) < Greek theātrikós, equivalent to theā́tr(on) theater + -ikos -ic + -al1
Related forms
theatricality
[thee-a-tri-kal-i-tee] /θiˌæ trɪˈkæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
theatricalness, noun
theatrically, adverb
half-theatrical, adjective
nontheatric, adjective
nontheatrical, adjective
nontheatrically, adverb
overtheatrical, adjective
overtheatrically, adverb
overtheatricalness, noun
quasi-theatrical, adjective
quasi-theatrically, adverb
semitheatric, adjective
semitheatrical, adjective
semitheatrically, adverb
untheatric, adjective
untheatrical, adjective
untheatrically, adverb
Synonyms
2. exaggerated, melodramatic, stagy, extravagant.
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Examples from the Web for theatrical
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  • A sort of tennis-court arranged and decorated for a theatrical performance.

    Cyrano de Bergerac Edmond Rostand
  • There had already been an attempt at theatrical exhibitions.

    Old News Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Sunday evening meetings: musical or theatrical performances, magic-lantern pictures, tableaux, etc.

  • I was nervous, sensational, and theatrical without intending it.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Why had nobody ever before had the clearness of perception to see just this, and no more, in the "theatrical" Murat?

British Dictionary definitions for theatrical

theatrical

/θɪˈætrɪkəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the theatre or dramatic performances
2.
exaggerated and affected in manner or behaviour; histrionic
Derived Forms
theatricality, theatricalness, noun
theatrically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for theatrical
adj.

1550s, "pertaining to the theater," from theater + -ical. Sense of "stagy, histrionic" is attested from 1709.

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