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[thee-a-triks] /θiˈæ trɪks/
(used with a singular verb) the art of staging plays and other stage performances.
(used with a plural verb) exaggerated, artificial, or histrionic mannerisms, actions, or words.
Origin of theatrics
1800-10; theatr(ic) + -ics Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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


noun (functioning as sing)
the art of staging plays
exaggerated mannerisms or displays of emotions
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for theatrics

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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