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declamatory

[dih-klam-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /dɪˈklæm əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or characterized by declamation.
2.
merely oratorical or rhetorical; stilted:
a pompous, declamatory manner of speech.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Latin dēclāmātōrius, equivalent to dēclāmā(re) (see declaim) + -tōrius -tory1
Related forms
nondeclamatory, adjective
superdeclamatory, adjective
undeclamatory, adjective
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Examples for declamatory
  • Even when he is not angry, his baritone voice has a declamatory tone.
  • Of course, everyone turned to look at the stairs nearest them to see who was arriving with such declamatory aplomb.
  • The declamatory nature of the dialogue doesn't add texture, nor does what is some of the strangest dubbing in movie history.
  • declamatory had clearly been deemed the night's official tone.
British Dictionary definitions for declamatory

declamatory

/dɪˈklæmətərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
relating to or having the characteristics of a declamation
2.
merely rhetorical; empty and bombastic
Derived Forms
declamatorily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for declamatory
declamatory
1580s, from L. declamatorius, from declamatorem, noun of action from declamare (see declaim).
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