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Definition of "theatrical" []

  • Of, relating to, or suitable for dramatic performance or the theater. (adjective)
  • Marked by exaggerated self-display and unnatural behavior; affectedly dramatic. (adjective)
  • Stage performances or a stage performance, especially by amateurs. Often used in the plural. (noun)
  • Affectedly dramatic gestures or behavior; histrionics. (noun)

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 "theatrical" in a sentence
  • "No sooner did Mr. Clay resume his seat than Mr. Cuthbert sprang to his feet, and in an insolent tone alluded to what he called the theatrical manner of the speaker."
  • "A website has launched for what it describes as the theatrical animated adaptation of Tow Ubukata's Mardock Scramble science fiction novel series."
  • "Face painting booths are a staple at carnivals and fairs, and elaborate make-up is often used in theatrical performances."