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Meaning of theatrical

the•at•ri•cal

Pronunciation: (thē-a'tri-kul), [key]
— adj.
  1. of or pertaining to the theater or dramatic presentations: theatrical performances.
  2. suggestive of the theater or of acting; artificial, pompous, spectacular, or extravagantly histrionic: a theatrical display of grief.
—n.
    1. dramatic performances, now esp. as given by amateurs.
    2. artificial or histrionic actions.
  1. a professional actor: a family of renowned theatricals.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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