histrion

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n histrion a theatrical performer
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n histrion A stage-player; an actor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Histrion a stage-player
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. histrionicushistrio, an actor, primary form hister, a player.

Usage

In literature:

But the histrionic exigencies of the chief of a faction ought not to be pushed too far.
"Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 1 of 3)" by John Morley
The word dance does not well designate the ceremonies, as they are in general more histrionic than saltatory.
"Eighth Annual Report" by Various
But now for a display of my histrionic talents.
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
Amongst their histrionic performances was the representation of a siege.
"Anecdotes of Dogs" by Edward Jesse
There's no mistakin' the sort of histrionic asylum it was, either.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
This he does admirably, both vocally and histrionically.
"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 104, May 27, 1893" by Various
She is by no means lacking in histrionic ability.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905" by Various
Waterman's histrionic sense responded to the demand.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
Sayre made an impressive gesture; he was a trifle inclined toward the picturesque and histrionic.
"The Gay Rebellion" by Robert W. Chambers
Miss Carrie said Sadie showed histrionic talent.
"The Speaker, No. 5: Volume II, Issue 1" by Various
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In poetry:

``Then must you with invectives fume and rage
All through the land, denouncing evil times,
With histrionic passion; 'tis a stage
For mountebanks and mimes—
"Sacred And Profane Love" by Alfred Austin
Whereas we, so stiff within our single span,
We don't so much as know how to come alive!
We speak our lines at the wrong time or keep silent for years on end,
Histrionic and unaesthetic,
And we haven't a clue where the hell to keep our hands.
"Actors" by Marin Sorescu

In news:

But age has mellowed the 71-year old, and Knight now prefers a good nap to the angry histrionics of his past.
Ignore the Histrionic Valley Tech Bloggers When It Comes To Yahoo.
Defense says Jerry Sandusky has ' histrionic personality disorder'.
Histrionic personality disorder is no excuse.
What is ' histrionic personality disorder'.
Sandusky's lawyers miss with histrionics .
Histrionics will only cloud budget debate.
A repulsive beauty in '80s Jersey / Thurman's histrionics fit 'Hysterical Blindness' well.
A repulsive beauty in '80s Jersey / Thurman's histrionics fit ' Hysterical Blindness' well.
Defense says Jerry Sandusky has 'histrionic personality disorder '.
Histrionic personality disorder is no excuse.
What is 'histrionic personality disorder '.
A judge rules the defense can call experts to discuss histrionic personality disorder .
Scott Walker's deep, lugubrious, histrionic voice is a foghorn in the dark night of the soul.
My unflagging admiration for the enormity of her vocal prowess was continually tainted by my distaste for her implacable penchant for histrionic razzle-dazzle.
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