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histrionic

/his·tri·on·ic/ (his″tre-on´ik) excessively dramatic or emotional, as in histrionic personality disorder; see under personality.

histrionic

[his′trē·on′ik]
Etymology: L, histrio, actor
pertaining to exaggerated facial expressions, speech, or body movements, such as used on the stage.

Histrionic

A behavior characterized by an excitable nature and the constant desire for stimulation.
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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.
Indeed, here Yiddish appears to be, if anything, the antithesis of heritage; rather, this sort of engagement with Yiddish seems more like camp, "a form of historicism viewed histrionically,.
In 2003, Antauro founded Ollanta, a histrionically nationalist biweekly newspaper with a circulation of 60,000, a kind of through-the-looking-glass take on Peruvian current events.
How nice it might be if these characters would bother to engage with each other rather than braying soulfully, often histrionically, across the footlights.
Even though he may learn to deliver the Catalogue Aria with more nuance in the future, he nonetheless is already a Leporello of significant note, both vocally and histrionically, and more than a foil for Giovanni.
This semiotic function is inherently associated with the feminine subject represented within a discourse that positions the subject as hysterical, for by definition the hysterical symptom is histrionically somaticised and dramatised by the subject in an enactment of the self-doubling that comes with the resistance to gender identity and the disjunction insribed into the textual position.
Indeed, the entire story of Napoleon's return from Elba, the Hundred Days, and the Battle of Waterloo itself was done much more dramatically (more expensively also), if sometimes histrionically, by Rod Steiger as Napoleon in a 1970 fiction film.
For example, Werther's response to Albert and Charlotte's wedding is to go to an inn to get drunk, but when he histrionically raises his arm to smash his wrist on a wine glass, the innkeeper stops him: "It's easy to see that you don't have to clean the floor".
For the final time, Justice Souter demonstrates histrionically exactly what Congress intended in the ERISA fiduciary provision and the opinion that it would lead to another federal jurisdiction basis.
Facing falling revenues and histrionically low stock prices, Gerstner predicted what seemed downright radical at a time when most of us still thought the Web was something Charlotte had spun.
That role has traditionally been done very histrionically," she says, "but that wouldn't work for today's audiences.