Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
the art of the theater
something done or said for theatrical effect; histrionic actions, manners, devices, etc.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- (used with a sing. verb) The art of the theater.
- (used with a pl. verb) Theatrical effects or mannerisms; histrionics.