the act or art of declaiming.
exercise in oratory or elocution, as in the recitation of a classic speech.
speech or writing for oratorical effect.
Music. the proper enunciation of the words, as in recitative.

1350–1400; < Latin dēclāmātiōn- (stem of dēclāmātiō), equivalent to dēclāmāt(us) (past participle of dēclāmāre to declaim; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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declamation (ˌdɛkləˈmeɪʃən)
1.  a rhetorical or emotional speech, made esp in order to protest or condemn; tirade
2.  a speech, verse, etc, that is or can be spoken
3.  the act or art of declaiming
4.  music the artistry or technique involved in singing recitative passages

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Word Origin & History

1550s, from L. declamationem, noun of action from declamare (see declaim).
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Example sentences
There was a lot of transitional crudeness between registers and a tendency toward unsubtle declamation.
She used nonsense poetry and drawing-room declamation.
Puntilla a kick in the rear to signal him to get on with his poetical declamation.
The theater was evolving rapidly away from the old-fashioned declamation of his father's day.
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