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  • (UK) IPA(key): /θiˈæt.ɹɪ.kəl/
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theatrical (comparative more theatrical, superlative most theatrical)

  1. Of or relating to the theatre.
    • 12 July 2012, Sam Adams, AV Club Ice Age: Continental Drift
      The matter of whether the world needs a fourth Ice Age movie pales beside the question of why there were three before it, but Continental Drift feels less like an extension of a theatrical franchise than an episode of a middling TV cartoon, lolling around on territory that’s already been settled.
  2. Fake and exaggerated.
    • 1941 July, “The Armistice Coach”, in Railway Magazine, page 317:
      The ceremony and its scene were characterised by that high sense of the theatrical which has marked the activities of the Third Reich.



theatrical (plural theatricals)

  1. A stage performance, especially one by amateurs.
  2. A commercially produced film to be shown in movie theaters.
    • 2005, The Hollywood Reporter, page 61:
      Release schedules were stepped up so that virtually all of the summer theatricals are coming to video before year's end.