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[dih-klam-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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  1. pertaining to or characterized by declamation.
  2. merely oratorical or rhetorical; stilted: a pompous, declamatory manner of speech.
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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
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Related Words for declamatory

fluent, formal, oratorical, rhetorical, elocutionary, bombastic, stuffy, verbose, windy

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British Dictionary definitions for declamatory


  1. relating to or having the characteristics of a declamation
  2. merely rhetorical; empty and bombastic
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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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