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).

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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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