Synonyms of acting out


1. acting out, effusion, gush, outburst, blowup, ebullition

usage: a (usually irritating) impulsive and uncontrollable outburst by a problem child or a neurotic adult

2. acting out, display

usage: (psychiatry) the display of previously inhibited emotions (often in actions rather than words); considered to be healthy and therapeutic


1. act out, act, play, represent

usage: represent an incident, state, or emotion by action, especially on stage; "She could act neurotic anxiety"

2. enact, reenact, act out, act, play, represent

usage: act out; represent or perform as if in a play; "She reenacted what had happened earlier that day"

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