• WordNet 3.6
    • adj theatrical suited to or characteristic of the stage or theater "a theatrical pose","one of the most theatrical figures in public life"
    • adj theatrical of or relating to the theater
    • n theatrical a performance of a play
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Theatrical Of or pertaining to a theater, or to the scenic representations; resembling the manner of dramatic performers; histrionic; hence, artificial; as, theatrical performances; theatrical gestures. "No meretricious aid whatever has been called in -- no trick, no illusion of the eye, nothing theatrical ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • theatrical Of or pertaining to a theater or scenic representations; resembling the manner of dramatic performers: as, theatrical performances; theatrical gestures.
    • theatrical Calculated for display; extravagant; showy; pretentious: as, a theatrical flourish.
    • theatrical Artificial; affected; assumed.
    • n theatrical plural All that pertains to a dramatic performance; also, a dramatic performance itself: applied usually to amateur performances; as, to engage in private theatricals (a dramatic performance in a private house).
    • n theatrical A professional actor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Theatrical relating or suitable to a theatre, or to actors: pompous: artificial, affected
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  • William James
    “If this life be not a real fight, in which something is eternally gained... it is no better than a game of private theatricals from which one may withdraw at will.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “Glory is largely a theatrical concept. There is no striving for glory without a vivid awareness of an audience.”
  • Camille Paglia
    “Pornography is human imagination in tense theatrical action; its violations are a protest against the violations of our freedom by nature.”
  • Tony La Russa
    Tony La Russa
    “I'm careful not to give into theatrics when times are tough, I don't like it when somebody gives into outside pressure and puts on a show for others.”
  • Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
    “January, month of empty pockets! Let us endure this evil month, anxious as a theatrical producer's forehead.”
  • Sir Peter Hall
    Sir Peter Hall
    “I don't regard Brecht as a man of iron-gray purpose and intellect, I think he is a theatrical whore of the first quality.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. theatricus, Gr.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. theatrontheaomai, I see.


In literature:

The most worked method of securing the confidence by appealing to the ambition of the girl is by the stage or theatrical route.
"Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls" by Various
This was the beginning of the famous Theatrical Syndicate which, in a brief time, dominated the theatrical business of the whole country.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
In the first place, it shows the danger that attends theatrical performances.
"The Printer Boy." by William M. Thayer
I engaged them through a reliable theatrical agency.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
Private theatricals, for instance, or similar entertainments, may be turned to excellent account.
"Modern Women and What is Said of Them" by Anonymous
The boy-king was much elated with his theatric triumphs.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
A knowledge of the theatre will often make something foolish theatrically effective.
"William Shakespeare" by John Masefield
In after years the theatrical experiences thus gained gave me considerable enjoyment.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
An exhibition dance of whatever nature must have an element of the spectacular and theatrical in its presentation in order to appeal.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
His instinctively theatrical manner diminished not a jot the menace of the threat.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer

In poetry:

But now for the gentle reproaches he bore
On the part of his friends, for refraining before
To embrace the profession, embarking for life
In theatrical storms and poetical strife.
"The Appeal Of The Chorus" by Aristophanes
She wears no colours (sign of grace)
On any part except her face;
All white and black beside:
Dauntless her look, her gesture proud,
Her voice theatrically loud,
And masculine her stride.
"In Imitation of E. of Dorset : Artemisia" by Alexander Pope
And soon theatrical circles were shocked to learn,
Of the sudden death of genial Fred Marsden,
Whose house had been famous for its hospitality,
To artists, litterateurs, and critics of high and low degree.
"The Death of Fred Marsden, the American Playwright" by William Topaz McGonagall
He then salutes for sixty years of it
just now a one of valor and insights,
a theatrical man,
O scholar & Legionnaire who as quickly might
have killed as cast you. Olè. Stormed with years
he tranquil commands and appears.
"Dream Song 63: Bats have no bankers and they do not drink" by John Berryman
Fred. Marsden was a playwright, the theatrical world knows,
And was highly esteemed by the people, and had very few foes;
And in New York, in his bedroom, he took his life away,
And was found by his servant William in his bedroom where he lay.
"The Death of Fred Marsden, the American Playwright" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Indomina is planning a theatrical release in the fall.
Northwest Austinites not wanting to cross 183 to enjoy the watching-movies-while-you-stuff-your-face experience will have a new theatrical option come November.
Harlow brings a comprehensive background in theatrical design and sales to CSL.
I only went to investigate the theatrics.
A house in Japan by Jun Igarashi engages in interior theatrics while snubbing its neighbors.
Theatrical producers announced some show cancellations for Sunday and Monday.
Italo distributors and exhibitors are up in arms about the local homevid release of Universal pic "Miami Vice" just two months after its theatrical outing.
Horror Rod Lott Creature has attracted a fair amount of attention of late, but for all the wrong reasons, as it reportedly earned the lowest first-weekend gross of any wide-release theatrical film in history.
But what surprised me most about Lolita 's was that despite the theatrics, the food was actually good, with no noticeable corner-cutting.
Visual Terrain , Inc, the Los Angeles lighting design, theatrical consulting and production design/management firm, has announced the opening of a new East Coast office in Orlando, FL.
The old "produce a lackluster DVD to capitalize on an upcoming theatrical release trick"—Maxwell Smart would be proud.
Several people in close association with the Journal are active in the theatrical world.
Brad Smith of Grandview plays Conrad Birdie in Bye Bye Birdie, an Over the Hill Theatricals production that opens Oct 6 in Prosser.
Courtesy photo — Over the Hill Theatricals .
Just returning from your summer vacation and missed 3D Theatricals ' production of Avenue Q at Plummer Auditorium.

In science:

With multiple user input each theatrical experience will turn out different depending on the input from the audience.
Graphics Turing Test