Etymology
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histrionic (adj.)

"theatrical" (figuratively, "hypocritical"), 1640s, from French histrionique "pertaining to an actor," from stem of Latin histrio (genitive histrionis) "actor," a word said to be of Etruscan origin. The literal sense in English is from 1759. The earlier adjective was histrionical (1550s). Related: Histrionically.

updated on July 28, 2015

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Definitions of histrionic from WordNet

histrionic (adj.)
characteristic of acting or a stage performance; often affected;
histrionic gestures
Synonyms: melodramatic
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