- The definition of histrionic is overly dramatic behavior or something related to acting, or a personality where someone is prone to drama and overreaction.
- A person who overreacts to every little problem is an example of someone who might be described as histrionic.
- A person with acting talent is an example of someone who might be described as having a histrionic talent.
- Histrionic is defined as overly dramatic behavior designed to attract attention.
A temper tantrum and a screaming fit are both examples of histrionics.
- of, or having the nature of, acting or actors
- overacted or overacting; theatrical; artificial; affected
Origin of histrionicLate Latin histrionicus from Classical Latin histrio, actor; ultimately of Etruscan origin, originally
- Of or relating to actors or acting: “The specific innovations of the commedia dell'arte were not in the domain of narrative and characterization, but in its unique stress on the histrionic abilities of the actors” ( Eli Rozik )
- Excessively dramatic or emotional; affected: “Next Father Brackin tackled a topic that was discussed in confidential—sometimes histrionic—tones around the seminary: end-of-the-year evaluations” ( Jonathan Englert )
Origin of histrionicLate Latin histriōnicus from Latin histriō histriōn- actor probably of Etruscan origin
(comparative more histrionic, superlative most histrionic)
From Late Latin histriōnicus (“pertaining to acting”), from Latin histriō (“actor”).