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histrionics (n.)

"theatrics, pretense," 1820, from histrionic; also see -ics.

updated on July 28, 2015

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Definitions of histrionics from WordNet

histrionics (n.)
a performance of a play;
Synonyms: theatrical performance / theatrical / representation
histrionics (n.)
a deliberate display of emotion for effect;
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