Definition of declamatory in US English:



  • Vehement or impassioned in expression.

    ‘a long declamatory speech’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The space is totally unsympathetic and encourages declamatory performances.’
    • ‘Before Brook, theatre was declamatory, overly theatrical and staid.’
    • ‘In Mozart and Salieri he wrote in a highly expressive declamatory idiom, while in Tsarskaya nevesta he used traditional forms and smooth melodies.’
    • ‘Macklin's championing of realistic delivery in place of a declamatory manner greatly influenced contemporaries, notably David Garrick.’
    • ‘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 music's expression ranges from declamatory to lyrical.’
    • ‘These pieces are the perhaps most conventionally dramatic, although Sedayne's declamatory vocals may not be to every listener's taste.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is an emphasis on costume, spectacle and big, declamatory delivery.’
    • ‘In theatre terms, the plays are didactic and are prone to long impassioned declamatory speeches.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And on the few occasions when Fauré calls for it, she has huge, declamatory power at the very summit of her voice.’
    • ‘The students compiled declamatory speeches on issues of global and social concern.’
    • ‘The sparse dialogue is as mind-numbingly declamatory and unsubtle as political oratory or operatic aria.’
    • ‘The language became more and more reminiscent of scripture and the style more declamatory and personal.’
    • ‘The thunderous declamatory tones preferred by his father, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, are absent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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