de·​clam·​a·​to·​ry | \ di-ˈkla-mə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce declamatory (audio) \

Definition of declamatory

: of, relating to, or marked by declamation or rhetorical display declamatory speeches

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Recent Examples on the Web This music’s restlessness stood out, muted chords giving way to declamatory strings, great swaths of orchestral sound punctuated by bursts of percussion and startling pauses. Howard Reich,, "CSO review: Bernard Rands’ ‘DREAM’ in gripping world premiere," 30 Oct. 2019 The actors deliver their lines with stark and declamatory fervor, and their gestures have a sharp, sculptural stillness that’s reminiscent of the grand artifices of classic-Hollywood productions. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "What to Stream: “Afterglow,” a Melodramatic Spotlight for Julie Christie," 30 Aug. 2019 What lets her down is the by-numbers plotting, together with the sort of flat, declamatory dialogue that might have been lifted from a teen-magazine photo story. Joey Nolfi,, "Kristen Stewart praised for Jean Seberg biopic performance as film divides critics," 30 Aug. 2019 The scenes are generally painted with urbane, rhythmically punchy big-band-style jazz, beefed up with strings, under declamatory vocal lines. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Central Park Five’ Turns Injustice Into Opera," 16 June 2019 Slam poets, inheriting the declamatory style of African American feminist poet Ntozake Shange, democratized poetry from its literary journal stuffiness with beer, wine and laughter, as well as hip-hop bravado. Ed Morales, Washington Post, "A Harlem-bred poet evokes the Afro-Latin cultural crossover at the dawn of the hip-hop era," 27 June 2019 Every thought and motive is spelled out with declamatory zeal, and the lack of subtext, or even subtlety, is particularly problematic when trying to incorporate the complexities of gender inequality and sexuality. Philip Brandes,, "In 'Lysistrata Unbound,' the women go to war against war," 22 June 2018 With his high, declamatory voice and his way of milking words for their sonic potential as well as their meaning, Mr. Nuriddin (pronounced noo-ruh-DEEN) stood out. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, ‘Grandfather of Rap,’ Is Dead at 73," 13 June 2018 Its rich, punchy horn charts, its uncluttered but propulsive polyrhythms, and Gómez's soulfully declamatory style hark back to the golden days of Perez Prado and Miguelito Valdez with Beny Moré. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Music / Post No Bills Orquesta Akokán resurrect the thrilling sound of 40s Cuba with modern singer José ‘Pepito’ Gómez," 10 May 2018

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1581, in the meaning defined above

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“Declamatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of declamatory

formal : expressing feelings or opinions in a way that is loud and forceful

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