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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
1800-1810
1800-10; theatr(ic) + -ics
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Examples from the web for theatrics
  • Rocket mail, which has a whiff of theatrics to it, still exists and still has advocates around the world.
  • Races such as running, cycling or motor sports offer little scope for theatrics.
  • Suddenly, the legal arcana, courtroom theatrics and judicial niceties are bathed in a political veneer.
  • Others have tried to duplicate the approach, but over the long haul, theatrics don't matter unless you deliver.
  • The theatrics of the plaintiff's attorney should be disregarded.
  • The practice allowed those so inclined to shun painful truths and lose themselves in theatrics.
  • Expect lots of audience participation and some on-stage theatrics to boot.
  • So please, drop the cheap theatrics and take the train.
  • Then again, this is to be expected from an organization that specializes in theatrics.
  • Traveling between foreign countries you won't find these extra security theatrics.
British Dictionary definitions for theatrics

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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