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theatrics

[thee-a-triks] /θiˈæ trɪks/
noun
1.
(used with a singular verb) the art of staging plays and other stage performances.
2.
(used with a plural verb) exaggerated, artificial, or histrionic mannerisms, actions, or words.
Origin of theatrics
1800-1810
1800-10; theatr(ic) + -ics
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theatrics

/θɪˈætrɪks/
noun (functioning as sing)
1.
the art of staging plays
2.
exaggerated mannerisms or displays of emotions
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Word Origin and History for theatrics
n.

1807, "matters pertaining to the stage," from theater; also see -ics. Meaning "theatrical behavior" is attested from 1929, American English.

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