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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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God and found a Skye Terrier," to which he histrionically replied: "this is deadly.
Still's production mined the scene where Lussurioso orders Vindice to kill Plato for laughs: Vindice responded to queries about melancholia with an ostentatiously sad sigh and histrionically cried "O, mine eyes" as he flung his arms before his face as if to shield himself from Lussurioso's cash.
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.
She is wise, witty, determined, industrious, and histrionically gifted.
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.
All we see of Kane's politicking is his one campaign speech, but there we see him at length orating in the most classic pre-microphone manner: flamboyantly bombastic, verbally and histrionically dramatic, easily filling a large auditorium with the strength of his voice.
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.