[ dih-klam-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ dɪˈklæm əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /


pertaining to or characterized by declamation.
merely oratorical or rhetorical; stilted: a pompous, declamatory manner of speech.

Origin of declamatory

1575–85; < Latin dēclāmātōrius, equivalent to dēclāmā(re) (see declaim) + -tōrius -tory1
Related formsnon·de·clam·a·to·ry, adjectivesu·per·de·clam·a·to·ry, adjectiveun·de·clam·a·to·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for declamatory


/ (dɪˈklæmətərɪ, -trɪ) /


relating to or having the characteristics of a declamation
merely rhetorical; empty and bombastic
Derived Formsdeclamatorily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for declamatory



1580s, from Latin declamatorius "pertaining to the practice of speaking," from declamatus, past participle of declamare (see declaim).

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