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. 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
  3. A set or harangue; declamatory discourse. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Pretentious rhetorical display, with more sound than sense; as, mere declamation. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

Usage examples for declamation

  1. Given a theme that had a current theatrical interest, and Massinger's declamation and Fletcher's pathos came nimbly to the task, and almost at their very best. – Tragedy by Ashley H. Thorndike
  2. The Court was evidently moved by the declamation of Mr. Choate, for Justice Field, in his opinion, replied in kind. – Contemporary American History, 1877-1913 by Charles A. Beard