Dec`la*ma"tion (?), n. [L. declamatio, from declamare: cf. F. d'eclamation. See Declaim.]

1.

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.

The public listened with little emotion, but with much civility, to five acts of monotonous declamation. Macaulay.

2.

A set or harangue; declamatory discourse.

3.

Pretentious rhetorical display, with more sound than sense; as, mere declamation.

 

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