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histrionic

adjective affected, aiming for effect, dramatic, embroidered, exaggerated, exhibitionistic, mannered, melodramatic, orotund, ostentatious, overacted, pretentious, self-conscious, showy, stagy, stilted, striving for effect, theatric, theatrical, unnatural
See also: demonstrative, orotund
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I'll close with a hymn that attempts a middle way, seeming to recognize the anxieties of the conservatives about the new model and seeking to provide reassurance, a hymn sometimes rather histrionically titled "The Rape and Return of the Brahman's Wife" (RV X.
Back in his male body, but not yet fully a man in the psychological sense, Bloom histrionically rejects his womanly character and proceeds in a more manly manner to confront the problem he has been avoiding all day: his marital crisis and Molly's infidelity.
As for film, Vangsness was seen histrionically stripping in the independent film A-List and was featured in the comedic/thriller In My Sleep.
It turns out Rana is histrionically insecure, and grows acutely more so the more time the couple spends with her glamorous-looking pal Youmna (model-turned-vocalist Cyrene Abdelnour).
As the paper rather histrionically put it, "the Kremlin would be delighted if our country eliminated the right of dissent.
A favourite of Queen Victoria's was the American showman Isaac van Amburgh, celebrated by Landseer in two large pictures histrionically demonstrating his power over a cageful of big cats.
Do we really have to worry about Team USA's basketball fortunes when our nation's news media is offering its usual misdirection, assiduously and histrionically dissecting John McCain's ads suggesting that Barack Obama shouldn't be President precisely because everyone likes him?
Instructions to Samson's mother to prevail from "strong drink" and "unclean" food are histrionically repeated "in full three times within twenty-one verses"(Melbourne 1996) and predict how Samson's failings will come through the carnal appetite, (ironically, for a giant like Samson, incomparable in strength), through the weak body.
Each time she'd scream histrionically 'Greta, I don't know how to tell you this, he strangled you'.
Byron's Lara dies a stranger with one arm stretched histrionically eastwards, unable to achieve cultural repatriation in his own land, Spain.
Suddenly, the same Republicans who histrionically proclaimed President Bill Clinton's perjury about a personal intimacy with a consenting adult reprehensible are now defending I.
Last October the world was amused by Chavez's speech at the United Nations, where he called Bush 'the devil' while histrionically waving the air and saying it smelled of sulphur.