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Definition of "histrionic" []

  • Of or relating to actors or acting. (adjective)
  • Excessively dramatic or emotional; affected. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "histrionic" in a sentence
  • "A writer who refers to a legislator that has been appointed to an Obama committee as a flaming liberal calling me histrionic is hilarious."
  • "Police indulged in 'histrionic gestures' during investigation of loans-for-peerages allegations, says former aide to Tony Blair"
  • "The word histrionic is derived through the Latin from an Etruscan word which means "to leap" and was originally applied to dancers."