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declamation


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Declamation  \Dec`la*ma"tion\,  n.  [L.  declamatio,  from  declamare: 
  cf  F.  d['e]clamation.  See  {Declaim}.] 
  1.  The  act  or  art  of  declaiming;  rhetorical  delivery; 
  haranguing;  loud  speaking  in  public;  especially,  the 
  public  recitation  of  speeches  as  an  exercise  in  schools 
  and  colleges;  as  the  practice  declamation  by  students. 
 
  The  public  listened  with  little  emotion,  but  with 
  much  civility,  to  five  acts  of  monotonous 
  declamation.  --Macaulay. 
 
  2.  A  set  or  harangue;  declamatory  discourse. 
 
  3.  Pretentious  rhetorical  display,  with  more  sound  than 
  sense  as  mere  declamation. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  declamation 
  n  :  vehement  oratory 




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