de·​clam·​a·​to·​ry di-ˈkla-mə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce declamatory (audio)
: of, relating to, or marked by declamation or rhetorical display
declamatory speeches

Examples of declamatory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The action lurches from overt satire to romantic jousting and soap-operatic family melodrama; the performances have a declamatory pseudo-amateurism in keeping with the film’s statements of personal self-assertion and political purpose. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 6 Apr. 2024 That starts with the declamatory choice to populate historically white genres with predominantly Black casts. Tim Greiving, Los Angeles Times, 10 Jan. 2024 Hilson’s performance is of a different register than most of the rest of the cast — haltingly realistic in an otherwise declamatory play. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2023 Dahan has cast the movie well, including small roles for Philippe Torreton and Sylvie Testud, but his preference for short, punchy scenes and declamatory lines does his actors no favors. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2023 But the whole show is well cast and performed, and even when the action feels overly constructed or declamatory — and there is a rash of declamation toward the season’s end — there is something or someone pleasing to latch onto. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2023 The play’s director is an ambitious modernist whose project for the tragedy involves a declamatory style of performance and an abstractedly ritualistic choreography. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 17 June 2022 Bass-baritone Davóne Tines was a gripping, theatrical Malcolm, making the most of the character’s monochromatic, declamatory vocal line and physically embodying his transformation from bitter hustler to magnetic, instinctive spokesman. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, 23 May 2022 In fashion meetings André was highly opinionated, and loudly declamatory. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 19 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1581, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of declamatory was in 1581

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“Declamatory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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