Histrionic His`tri*on"ic, Histrionical His`tri*on"ic*al, a. [L. histrionicus: cf. F. histrionique. See {Histrion}.] 1. Of or relating to the stage or a stageplayer; befitting a theatre; theatrical. [1913 Webster]

2. Affectedly dramatic; insincerely emotional; -- sometimes used in a bad sense. -- {His`tri*on"ic*al*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

Tainted with false and histrionic feeling. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

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