declamation declamation

Definition(s):

  1. (n) vehement oratory
  2. (n) recitation of a speech from memory with studied gestures and intonation as an exercise in elocution or rhetoric

Usage(s):

  1. Instead, it sustained for page after page a single chordal theme, varied only with starkly primitive rhythm in the orchestra and percussion-punctuated declamation by the singers.
  2. Last Friday night Scott Township's farmers wives dressed in their Sunday best, drove in to Iowa City's Courthouse to hear the finals in a county declamation contest.
  3. And, of course, all this declamation is as silly as it can very well be.

News

  • Natick High Speech Team succeeds in national competition

    Patrick Conaway, a sophomore at Natick High School, won a national title in oratorical declamation at the National Catholic Forensic League event becoming, according to the school, its first national champion in 11 years.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: The MetroWest Daily News

Quotes

  • "They had a declamation [speech] contest, and I entered twice," said Leonard Nimoy, the 75-year-old actor best known for his role as Spock on "Star Trek."
    on May 28, 2006 By: Leonard Nimoy Source: Boston Globe (registration)

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