Word of the DayMonday, June 04, 2012
\his-tree-ON-iks\ , noun;
Behavior or speech for effect, as insincere or exaggerated expression of an emotion.
Dramatic representation; theatricals; acting.
You are constantly talking about Beate's histrionics, her showing off.
-- Alberto Moravia, 1934
Of course it is not only southern writers, of lyrical bent, who engage in such histrionics and shout, "Look at me!" Perhaps it is a parable of all artists.
-- Tennessee Williams, New Selected Essays
Though it sounds like the word history, histrionics has a different root. It comes from the Etruscan root histriōn- which meant "actor".
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