adjective Also the·at·ric.

  1. of or relating to the theater or dramatic presentations: theatrical performances.
  2. suggestive of the theater or of acting; artificial, pompous, spectacular, or extravagantly histrionic: a theatrical display of grief.


  1. theatricals,
    1. dramatic performances, now especially as given by amateurs.
    2. artificial or histrionic actions.
  2. a professional actor: a family of renowned theatricals.


  1. of or relating to the theatre or dramatic performances
  2. exaggerated and affected in manner or behaviour; histrionic

adj.1550s, “pertaining to the theater,” from theater + -ical. Sense of “stagy, histrionic” is attested from 1709.

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