declamation

Part of speech: noun

The act of declaiming; empty oratory; something recited or to be recited from memory.

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Usage examples "declamation":

  1. He eloquently says of eloquence: " Affected passion, intense expression, the pomp of declamation, all may aspire after it; they cannot reach it. - "The Art of Public Speaking", Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein.
  2. Wagner says: " My melody is declamation, and my declamation melody." - "Wagner's Tristan und Isolde", George Ainslie Hight.
  3. His powers of imagination were not extraordinary, and of word painting he has not left a single striking example,- not one passage that can be used for recitation or declamation in the schools. - "Reminiscences of Sixty Years in Public Affairs, Vol. 1", George Boutwell.