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[dek-luh-mey-shuh n] /ˌdɛk ləˈmeɪ ʃən/
the act or art of declaiming.
exercise in oratory or elocution, as in the recitation of a classic speech.
speech or writing for oratorical effect.
Music. the proper enunciation of the words, as in recitative.
Origin of declamation
1350-1400; < Latin dēclāmātiōn- (stem of dēclāmātiō), equivalent to dēclāmāt(us) (past participle of dēclāmāre to declaim; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for declamation
Historical Examples
  • It was only yesterday morning Master Jones decided to have declamation to-day.

  • The air of the New World seems favourable to the art of declamation.

  • In contrast to Kemble's declamation, Kean's acting was vehement and passionate.

    The Facts About Shakespeare William Allan Nielson
  • As he advanced in his declamation, his ardour seemed to increase.

    Waverley Sir Walter Scott
  • In this year he obtained the first college prize for an English declamation.

    Spare Hours John Brown
  • And all these people had a veritable mania for declamation and fancy dress.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • Tut, man,—when did declamation ever overthrow castles, and conquer soldiery?

    Rienzi Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • It might be so; yet any evidence beyond probability and declamation is lacking.

    Robin Tremayne Emily Sarah Holt
  • Then he burst on us with a declamation on all that was wrong in India, and its remedy.

    Gryll Grange Thomas Love Peacock
  • In language, except in declamation, there is no second vowel sound.

    A Handbook of the English Language Robert Gordon Latham
British Dictionary definitions for declamation


a rhetorical or emotional speech, made esp in order to protest or condemn; tirade
a speech, verse, etc, that is or can be spoken
the act or art of declaiming
(music) the artistry or technique involved in singing recitative passages
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for declamation

late 14c., from Latin declamationem (nominative declamatio), noun of action from past participle stem of declamare (see declaim).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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