declamation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n declamation vehement oratory
    • n declamation recitation of a speech from memory with studied gestures and intonation as an exercise in elocution or rhetoric
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Declamation A set or harangue; declamatory discourse.
    • Declamation Pretentious rhetorical display, with more sound than sense; as, mere declamation .
    • Declamation The act or art of declaiming; rhetorical delivery; haranguing; loud speaking in public; especially, the public recitation of speeches as an exercise in schools and colleges; as, the practice declamation by students. "The public listened with little emotion, but with much civility, to five acts of monotonous declamation ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n declamation The act or art of declaiming or making rhetorical harangues in public; especially, the delivery of a speech or an exercise in oratory or elocution, as by a student of a college, etc.: as, a public declamation; the art of declamation.
    • n declamation Specifically In vocal music, the proper rhetorical enunciation of the words, especially in recitative and in dramatic music.
    • n declamation A public harangue or set speech; an oration.
    • n declamation Pompous, high-sounding verbiage in speech or writing; stilted oratory.
    • n declamation A specially close or successful union of tones with words, as in a song or aria.
    • n declamation A work in which the text is read or spoken while a musical accompaniment or comment is played. Also called melodrama. See melodrama, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Declamation act of declaiming: a set speech in public: display in speaking
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. declamatio, from declamare,: cf. F. déclamation,. See Declaim
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. declamārede, inten., clamāre, to cry out.

Usage

In literature:

It was only yesterday morning Master Jones decided to have declamation to-day.
"The Universal Reciter" by Various
Don't be moved by declamations against ecclesiastical history, as if that could blacken the sacred order.
"James Boswell" by William Keith Leask
In Italy it was too often a means of gaining the favour of princes, or a theme for declamations.
"Introduction to the Study of History" by Charles V. Langlois
We have now the melancholy proof of the shallowness of all the declamation on the subject.
"Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 366, April, 1846" by Various
Such was the world-famous imprisonment of John Bunyan, which has been the subject of so much eloquent declamation.
"Bunyan" by James Anthony Froude
Rhetorical logic is the art of reasoning and discoursing on those subjects which require a diffuse kind of declamation.
"Ancient and Modern Celebrated Freethinkers" by Charles Bradlaugh, A. Collins, and J. Watts
His declamation became more and more impassioned.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Debates, declamation, and the reading of essays added to the entertainment of these gatherings.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
The sick girl started, opened wide her eyes, threw up her arms, and began in weird, passionate tones, as if it were a stage declamation.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
Practice in declamation accomplishes, as a general thing, very little in this direction.
"Pedagogics as a System" by Karl Rosenkranz
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In poetry:

Birds of ill omen fold your sable pinions,
Cease your gyrations through our Queen's dominions;
Your pecking, screaming, croaking, don't alarm us—
Your frothy declamations do not charm us.
"North America and Her War Parsons" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Instead, a loud declamation: The bar has been raised for locally produced musicals.
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