Definition of declamation in English:


Syllabification: dec·la·ma·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌdekləˈmāSHən


  • 1The action or art of declaiming: Shakespearean declamation declamations of patriotism
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    • 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.
  • 1.1A rhetorical exercise or set speech.
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    • 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.
  • 1.2Forthright or distinct projection of words set to music: a soprano soloist with wonderfully clear declamation
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    • Martin clearly shares an approach toward choral music and choral declamation with Kodály, especially in the Brigand Songs, although you'd never mistake one for the other.
    • Even in early motets such as the popular Ave Maria virgo serena Josquin shows true independence of mind, strongly innovatory tendencies, and a concern for the clear, rhetorical declamation of the words.
    • Instinctively he expressed vocal art through the ‘voice’ of the piano and stylised the vocal techniques of declamation, the arc-shaped fioriture and portamento.


late Middle English (in the sense 'a set speech'): from Latin declamatio(n-), from the verb declamare (see declaim).

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