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declamation

[dek-luh-mey-shuh n] /ˌdɛk ləˈmeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or art of declaiming.
2.
exercise in oratory or elocution, as in the recitation of a classic speech.
3.
speech or writing for oratorical effect.
4.
Music. the proper enunciation of the words, as in recitative.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; < Latin dēclāmātiōn- (stem of dēclāmātiō), equivalent to dēclāmāt(us) (past participle of dēclāmāre to declaim; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for declamations

declamation

/ˌdɛkləˈmeɪʃən/
noun
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 and History for declamations

declamation

n.

late 14c., from Latin declamationem (nominative declamatio), noun of action from past participle stem of declamare (see declaim).

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