declamation

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See also: déclamation

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From French déclamation, from Latin dēclāmātiō, dēclāmātiōnem, from dēclāmō, dēclāmāre; see declaim

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declamation (plural declamations)

  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.
  2. A set or harangue; declamatory discourse.
  3. Pretentious rhetorical display, with more sound than sense; as, mere declamation.

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