testrionics

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From testes, masculinizing histrionics as though it were derived from Ancient Greek ὑστερικός(husterikós, suffering in the uterus) (like hysterical into testerical), though it actually derives from histriōnicus(pertaining to acting).

Noun[edit]

testrionics pl (plural only)

  1. histrionic displays, especially of machismo or male chauvinism
    • 2004 March 16, Hyerdahl1, “Re: Are boys disadvantaged by having women teachers?”, in soc.men, Usenet[1], message-ID <20040316103242.19482.00001656@mb-m16.aol.com>:
      I'd suggest that any "testrionics" are more about men who fear homosexuailty than about feminists who do not seem to fear such.
    • 2006 April 15, Feeney, P., “Disturbingly close to home”, in Amazon.com[2]:
      The cop is a nice, fair guy, and he loves and respects his attorney wife - no macho testrionics there.
    • 2008 April 2, Graw, Heidi, “Re: The (H)Risen Christ”, in sci.lang, Usenet[3], message-ID <GpNIj.15137$pb5.7571@edtnps89>:
      They can't help their testronics.

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