Definition of histrionic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌhɪstriˈɒnɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌhɪstriˈɑːnɪk//
[usually before noun] (formal, disapproving)
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histrionic behaviour is very emotional and is intended to attract attention in a way that does not seem sincere histrionic gestures Word Originmid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘dramatically exaggerated, hypocritical’): from late Latin histrionicus, from Latin histrio(n-) ‘actor’.
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