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Definition of "declamation" [dec•la•ma•tion]

  • A recitation delivered as an exercise in rhetoric or elocution. (noun)
  • Vehement oratory. (noun)
  • A speech marked by strong feeling; a tirade. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "declamation" in a sentence
  • "A flush overspread the face of De Warenne at this apostrophe; and forcing a smile, "This strict notion of right," said he, "is very well in declamation, but how would it crop the wings of conquerors, and shorten the warrior's arm, did they measure by this rule!""
  • "The burden of his declamation was the oppressive and unlawful system of taxation devised by Great Britain against her"
  • "And this coolness often prevents our being carried away by a stream of eloquence, which the prejudiced mind terms declamation -- a pomp of words."