/hɪstɹiˈɒnɪks/ | “Hiss-trahn-ikz”

n – Exaggerated, overemotional behaviour, especially when calculated to elicit a response; melodramatics.

“I’m tired of Mary’s constant histrionics. Everytime the littlest thing goes wrong, it’s always am overreaction.”


Borrowed from Late Latin histriōnicus (“pertaining to acting; scurrilous, shameful; wretched”), from Latin histriōnicus (“pertaining to acting and the theatre”), from histriō (“actor, player”) + -icus (suffix meaning ‘of or pertaining to’).[1] Morphologically, the word may be surface analysed as histrion +‎ -ic.