histrionic histrionic  /ˌhɪ stri ˈɑ nɪk/


  • (adj) characteristic of acting or a stage performance; often affected


  1. Jane's brilliant acting caught the pain and truth of a the character without ever getting histrionic.
  2. It did not matter that the rendering of the drama lacked histrionic finish because it turned out to be a smashing success at the box office.
  3. Leslie has struggled to play the role of a histrionic singer in the new musical.


  1. Religious Liberty as Idolatry?

    This has proven a week of historic proportions for the United States Supreme Court. Or, histrionic, depending on whom is asked.
    on June 28, 2013     Source: The Christian Post

  2. L.A. Film Festival review: 'The Patience Stone'

    LAFF 2013's grand tour of Muslim female oppression reached a histrionic peak with "The Patience Stone." That's not necessarily a criticism; if you went through what the unnamed heroine of this harrowing film does, you'd get pretty hysterical too.
    on June 27, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Daily News


  1. Instead, Savage said, the Senate has become "more vicious and more histrionic than ever, specifically because women have been injected into" it.
    on Apr 12, 2007 By: Michael Savage Source: Media Matters for America

  2. That said, Time's Joe Klein writes, "The Obama presidency certainly hasn't ushered in an era of comity and prosperity. In the end, though, Palin is offering the opposite of hope and change: despair and stasis. The despair is histrionic and...
    on Feb 11, 2010 By: Joe Klein Source: msnbc.com

  3. Frank Schirrmacher, editor of the highly regarded Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, praised the film for finally "doing away with the histrionic fustiness" surrounding the RAF, which for 30 years, he said, had allowed "left-wing romantic...
    on Sep 3, 2009 By: Frank Schirrmacher Source: Los Angeles Times

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