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Meaning of “theatrical” in the English Dictionary

"theatrical" in British English

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theatricaladjective

uk   us   /θiˈæt.rɪ.kəl/
  • theatrical adjective (BEHAVIOUR)

Theatrical ​behaviour is not ​sincere and too ​extreme and that is ​intended to ​attractattention: a theatrical ​gesture
theatricality
noun [U] uk   /θiˌæt.rɪˈkæl.ɪ.ti/  us   /-ə.t̬i/
theatrically
adverb uk   us   /-i/
(Definition of theatrical from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"theatrical" in American English

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theatricaladjective

 us   /θiˈæ·trɪ·kəl/
of or ​relating to the ​publicperformance of ​plays: theatrical performances Theatrical also ​meansintended to ​attractattention, as if ​acting in a ​play: He ​threw out both ​arms to ​greet me in a theatrical ​gesture.
(Definition of theatrical from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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