[dek-luh-mey-shuh n]


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

Related Words for declamation

lecture, tirade, speech, oration, address, oratory, spouting

Examples from the Web for declamation

Historical Examples of declamation

  • 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.


    Sir Walter Scott

  • In this year he obtained the first college prize for an English declamation.

    Spare Hours

    John Brown

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
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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