Dec`la*ma"tion(?), n. [L. declamatio, from declamare: cf. F. dclamation. 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
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