Meaning of declamation in English:


Pronunciation /dɛkləˈmeɪʃ(ə)n/

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mass noun
  • 1The action or art of declaiming.

    ‘Shakespearean declamation’
    • ‘declamations of patriotism’
    • ‘By now, a type of free-style declamation known as ‘recitative’ (literally ‘speech-song’) was being used to hurtle the drama forward.’
    • ‘Motivation - particularly of the antagonist, Von Doom - was likewise absent, or, where it was articulated, it was in an irritating expository declamation by one of the primary characters on behalf of another.’
    • ‘This remained the case through to William Beveridge, whose declamation of the five evils of ‘Want, Disease, Ignorance, Squalor and Idleness’ would be almost unthinkable now.’
    • ‘He summarises the anti-capitalists' annual international get-together at Porto Alegre in Brazil as ‘a ragbag of declamation, hot air and vapidity’.’
    • ‘Titchmarsh just isn't programmed for portentous, monumental declamation.’
    • ‘We protested against the old manner of acting and against theatricality, against artificial pathos and declamation.’
    • ‘Neil Tennant, for all his limitations, is one of the most human singers I know, and not in some Whitney / Britney sense that equates humanity with loud declamation of ersatz emotion.’
    • ‘At the forum's height, it was not unknown for twenty or thirty meetings to proceed simultaneously, each speaker conducting a passionate, unamplified declamation, often punctuated by interjections and jeers.’
    • ‘Without an exception these hangers-on are a shallow, mean-spirited bunch of bourgeoise no-counts, who mistake philosophical declamation for conversation and obsequiousness for love.’
    • ‘On the stage, Mrs Siddons senior and Mr John Kemble were remarkable for the solemn deliberation of their manner, both in declamation and action, and yet they were splendidly gifted in power.’
    • ‘Thus Queen Elizabeth I's rousing declamation to her troops at Tilbury in 1588 falls into this category since it is hinged to the crisis of the Spanish Armada.’
    • ‘Aeneas's opening declamation continues for nine more lines in the same fashion, and this speech is typical of all his others throughout the play.’
    • ‘The actors rarely stay still for more than a moment, occasionally even rushing into the audience to issue yet another furious declamation.’
    • ‘Now that shrill declamation is wearing decidedly thin with an electorate that is waking up to this overrated suburban solicitor.’
    • ‘The fruity gravitas of the traditional actor's declamation had become a liability rather than an asset.’
    • ‘But this should not be taken as evidence that the acting was mere declamation without emotion.’
    • ‘His booming declamation often manages to override the humorous intent of many of Beckett's lines.’
    • ‘In the Pit's small space the loud and unrhythmic declamation was too loud and too clipped.’
    • ‘Schoenberg sought what he called ‘speech melody’ - something between declamation and song - and he devised a notation that indicated the rise and fall of the voice, as well as its rhythm.’
    • ‘In contrast to the declamations of the bureaucrats and politicians, the mood among the workers at the rally was more somber.’
    recital, saying aloud, reading aloud, declaiming, declamation, rendering, rendition, delivery, performance
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    1. 1.1count noun A rhetorical exercise or set speech.
      ‘lines written for a school declamation’
      • ‘His Speech Day declamations, which took place on 5 July 1804, 6 June 1805, and 4 July 1805, played an important role in his self-fashioning.’
      speech, address, lecture, sermon, homily, discourse, delivery, oration, recitation, disquisition, monologue
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘a set speech’): from Latin declamatio(n-), from the verb declamare (see declaim).