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English definition of “theatrical”


adjective  /θiˈæ·trɪ·kəl/ us  
of or relating to the public performance of plays: theatrical performances Theatrical also means intended to attract attention, as if acting in a play: He threw out both arms to greet me in a theatrical gesture.
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