Definitions of declamation

  1. recitation of a speech from memory with studied gestures and intonation as an exercise in elocution or rhetoric Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. vehement oratory Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The act or art of declaiming; rhetorical delivery; haranguing; loud speaking in public; especially, the public recitation of speeches as an exercise in schools and colleges; as, the practice declamation by students. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A set or harangue; declamatory discourse. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Pretentious rhetorical display, with more sound than sense; as, mere declamation. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Speech delivered in public; act of reciting; a selection recited from memory; harangue. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Anything declaimed; a harangue. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. The act of declaiming; empty oratory; something recited or to be recited from memory. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. The act or art of declaiming, according to rules, so as accurately to express the sentiment; a harangue; a display of empty impassioned rhetorical oratory. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. A set or prepared speech; a harangue; in schools and colleges, a speech prepared and uttered by a student; a noisy address without solid sense or argument. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. Declamatio, from de, and clamare, clamatum, 'to cry out.' The art of depicting the sentiments by inflections of the voice, accompanied with gestures, which render the meaning of the speaker more evident, and infuse into the minds of the auditors the emotions with which he is impressed. Declamation may become the cause of disease: the modification, produced in the pulmonary circulation, -accompanied by the great excitement, sometimes experienced, -is the cause of many morbid affections; particularly of pneumonia, haemoptysis, and apoplexy. In moderation, it gives a healthy excitement to the frame. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  12. Act or art of declaiming; rhetorical exercise, set speech; impassioned speech, harangue. So declamatory a. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  13. n. [Latin] Act or art of declaiming;—a set speech or harangue;—pretentious rhetorical display. Cabinet Dictionary
  14. A discourse addressed to the passions, an harangue. Complete Dictionary