- 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
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Examples from the Web for declamation
It was only yesterday morning Master Jones decided to have declamation to-day.The Universal Reciter
The air of the New World seems favourable to the art of declamation.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
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
- 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
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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).
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