Pronunciation: (his"trē-on'iks), [key]
—n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.)
1. dramatic representation; theatricals; acting.
2. behavior or speech for effect, as insincere or exaggerated expression of an emotion; dramatics; operatics: Cut out the histrionics--we know you're not really mad.
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