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- n. Overacting; hamming.
Superior to any shade of cabotinage, he yet almost resembled an actor who, between his moments on the stage, revisits his dressing-room and, before the glass, pressed by his need of effect, retouches his make-up.
At eighteen, submitted to a sort of continual cabotinage, Lydia was, beneath the most attractive exterior, a being profoundly, though unconsciously, wicked, capable of very little affection -- she loved no one truly but her brother -- open to the invasion of the passions of hatred which are the natural products of proud and false minds.
This word comes from the French 'cabotin,' strolling player.