[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for declamation

/ (ˌdɛkləˈmeɪʃən) /


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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