declamatory

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj declamatory ostentatiously lofty in style "a man given to large talk","tumid political prose"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Declamatory Characterized by rhetorical display; pretentiously rhetorical; without solid sense or argument; bombastic; noisy; as, a declamatory way or style.
    • Declamatory Pertaining to declamation; treated in the manner of a rhetorician; as, a declamatory theme.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • declamatory Pertaining to the practice of declaiming in oratory or music; having the character of declamation.
    • declamatory Merely rhetorical; stilted; straining after effect: as, a declamatory style.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Declamatory of the nature of declamation: appealing to the passions: noisy and rhetorical merely
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. declamatorius,: cf. F. déclamatoire,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. declamārede, inten., clamāre, to cry out.

Usage

In literature:

Restif de la Bretonne could be gross, corrupt, declamatory, sentimental, humanitarian in turns or all together.
"A History of French Literature" by Edward Dowden
He does not move us by declamatory gestures and forced attitudes.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, November, 1878" by Various
They were called ostensibly to "deliberate upon it," but they were frequently tumultuous, and always declamatory.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
On Tuesday a declamatory contest was given by the young women of the normal department.
"American Missionary - Volume 50, No. 9, September, 1896" by Various
His definition of liberty was practical and not merely declamatory.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 4 of 8" by Various
Master Payne would find it his interest to avoid as much as may be, long declamatory speeches, till his organs are enlarged and confirmed.
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor" by Samuel James Arnold
In the evening a declamatory performance was to take place at the amateur theatre in a distant street.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Fox, in his declamatory bursts, was superior to every speaker whom I have ever heard.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 358, August 1845" by Various
The details forwarded by the magistrates of the department of the Isere were full of exaggeration and declamatory excitement.
"Memoirs To Illustrate The History Of My Time" by François Pierre Guillaume Guizot
They seemed unabashed, almost declamatory, in their sentiment.
"A Christmas Accident and Other Stories" by Annie Eliot Trumbull
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