Definition of theatrics in English:


plural noun

  • 1Dramatic performances.

    • ‘Many of the genre's foremost practitioners were not particularly interested in theatrics, preferring to concentrate on the challenge of playing complicated tunes on the crumhorn.’
    • ‘In keeping with his impish flare for fun and theatrics, the show itself is paramount.’
    • ‘Social life included dinner parties, balls, amateur theatrics, and occasional church services.’
    • ‘All in all the Wild West Show promises plenty of theatrics and high drama all making for a very enjoyable evening in Tullow's town square.’
    • ‘Moments like that helped Frye and company realize that while they are a musical group, they needed to learn a bit about theatrics to gain and keep an audience's attention.’
    • ‘The spectacular theatrics of Gabriel's stage show attracted acclaim all over the world and were filmed for his new DVD.’
    • ‘His stage shows, long renowned for their crazy theatrics, have increased their entertainment value tenfold since the country threw off the oppressive chains of the old public decency laws.’
    • ‘He will showcase new material too in a show full of state-of-the-art theatrics, topped off by the sight of Gabriel being suspended upside down from the stage.’
    • ‘Despite the company's popularity, dissenters often accuse the Russian choreographer of indulging in over-the-top theatrics.’
    • ‘The book is a delight, and should be on the ‘to read’ list of those who use music, theatrics or any other form of creative expression to inspire resistance and class consciousness.’
    • ‘Somehow, however, he manages to emasculate the idea in order to generate a second-rate thriller with cheap theatrics and an embarrassingly stupid ending.’
    incident, scene, spectacle, crisis
    acting, the theatre, the stage, the performing arts, dramatic art, dramatics, dramaturgy, stagecraft, theatricals, theatrics, the thespian art, show business
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    1. 1.1 Excessively emotional and dramatic behavior.
      ‘stop your theatrics’
      • ‘His career had been built in silence, with no sensational records, no World Series heroics, no self-absorbed theatrics.’
      • ‘He's not some flashy solicitor only interested in the sound of his own voice and playing theatrics to the gallery - he is much more genuine than that.’
      • ‘If the two end up shoulder to shoulder on Saturday next, Connelly will no doubt view it as an opportunity to show the Roscommon man that football and not theatrics is his preferred option.’
      • ‘There are no theatrics involved, no pretension.’
      • ‘I do believe that you are attracted to some of the role playing and theatrics that come with it, and I think you might even find that part sexually rewarding.’
      • ‘Your theatrics nearly cost me my life five decades ago!’
      • ‘Somehow, one can't help feeling that the vengeful Old Testament theatrics employed by him were, if less sophisticated, rather more arresting.’
      • ‘Not given to theatrics, his aggressive questioning is restricted to occasions when witnesses' answers have stretched the outer edges of credulity.’
      • ‘Celtic pride is a touching thing to see, but hopefully the band won't have to resort to such theatrics for long.’
      • ‘These guys mean business, and they are also quite good with the theatrics involved in making their point to a defendant.’
      • ‘While the sense of drama and theatrics might appeal to him, it does a disservice to his ministers and the country at large.’
      • ‘This degrading spectacle was a mixture of incompetence, impotence and empty theatrics.’
      • ‘It is not just what was said, but what was implied - a spectacular example of highly sophisticated and manipulative political theatrics.’
      incident, scene, spectacle, crisis
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