Definition of declamation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌdekləˈmeɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdekləˈmeɪʃn//
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  1. 1[uncountable] the act of speaking or of expressing something to an audience in a formal way
  2. 2[countable] a speech or piece of writing that strongly expresses feelings and opinions The most successful newspaper stories are often declamations of patriotism.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘a set speech’): from Latin declamatio(n-), from the verb declamare, from de- (expressing thoroughness) + clamare ‘to shout’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: declamation