histrionic
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /hɪstɹiːˈɒnɪk/
  • (GA) IPA: /hɪstɹiˈɑnɪk/
Adjective

histrionic

  1. Of or relating to actors or acting#Noun|acting.
    Synonyms: actorish, actressy, dramatic, theatrical
  2. (by extension) Excessively dramatic or emotional, especially with the intention to draw#Verb|draw attention.
    Synonyms: melodramatic, overdramatic, sensationalized, stagy
    • 1785, William Cowper, “Book II. The Time-piece.”, in The Task, a Poem, in Six Books. […], London: Printed for J[oseph] Johnson; […], OCLC 228757725 ↗, page 74 ↗:
      [F]oppiſh airs / And hiſtrionic mumm'ry, that let down / The pulpit to the level of the ſtage, / Drops from the lips a diſregarded thing.
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