Definition of declamatory in US English:

declamatory

adjective

  • Vehement or impassioned in expression.

    ‘a long declamatory speech’
    • ‘In theatre terms, the plays are didactic and are prone to long impassioned declamatory speeches.’
    • ‘Before Brook, theatre was declamatory, overly theatrical and staid.’
    • ‘The music's expression ranges from declamatory to lyrical.’
    • ‘The thunderous declamatory tones preferred by his father, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, are absent.’
    • ‘These pieces are the perhaps most conventionally dramatic, although Sedayne's declamatory vocals may not be to every listener's taste.’
    • ‘Macklin's championing of realistic delivery in place of a declamatory manner greatly influenced contemporaries, notably David Garrick.’
    • ‘Davis's verse is characterized by robust statements of urban themes, a fierce social consciousness, a strong declamatory voice, and an almost rabid racial pride.’
    • ‘Pazira and Hassan Tantai (who plays the doctor) speak in a flat, declamatory fashion that shows lack of experience, or the time to develop a certain level of performing skill.’
    • ‘IT'S overlong; declamatory; reads like a communique from some Edinburgh Soviet; and when it's not stating the blindingly bloody obvious, it's full of big words nobody will understand.’
    • ‘And on the few occasions when Fauré calls for it, she has huge, declamatory power at the very summit of her voice.’
    • ‘In Mozart and Salieri he wrote in a highly expressive declamatory idiom, while in Tsarskaya nevesta he used traditional forms and smooth melodies.’
    • ‘The language became more and more reminiscent of scripture and the style more declamatory and personal.’
    • ‘There is an emphasis on costume, spectacle and big, declamatory delivery.’
    • ‘The sparse dialogue is as mind-numbingly declamatory and unsubtle as political oratory or operatic aria.’
    • ‘The space is totally unsympathetic and encourages declamatory performances.’
    • ‘Aside from the political intrigue of the plot, the play is filled with brilliant speeches, timeless both for their declamatory techniques and for the passions they reflect and evoke.’
    • ‘He made this speech in a declamatory manner, standing in front of the fire, addressing himself half to Lucasta and half to an unseen audience in the middle distance.’
    • ‘The arias contained in the work are dominantly of two types, the aria di bravura, with rich coloratura elements, and the aria parlante, in declamatory vocal style.’
    • ‘The students compiled declamatory speeches on issues of global and social concern.’
    • ‘For most of the 1740s and early 1750s he appeared regularly at Covent Garden and with his contrasting, somewhat old-fashioned declamatory style was seen as the rival of the more naturalistic Garrick at Drury Lane.’
    rhetorical, oratorical, elaborate, ornate, bold, extravagant, flowery, florid, dramatic, theatrical, lofty, high-flown, high-sounding, bombastic, magniloquent, grandiloquent, overblown, overripe, overdone, overwrought, affected, orotund, inflated, overinflated, pompous, pretentious
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Pronunciation

declamatory

/dəˈklæməˌtɔri//dəˈklaməˌtôrē/