American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having the quality of a declamation.
- adj. Pretentiously rhetorical; bombastic.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to the practice of declaiming in oratory or music; having the character of declamation.
- Merely rhetorical; stilted; straining after effect: as, a declamatory style.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Pertaining to declamation; treated in the manner of a rhetorician.
- adj. Characterized by rhetorical display; pretentiously rhetorical; without solid sense or argument; bombastic; noisy.
- adj. ostentatiously lofty in style
- declaim + -atory (Wiktionary)
“With Lawes, then, what we may call the declamatory branch of the English school culminated.”
“The folkloric Russian lyrics are loopy and peppered with nonlinear wordplay, often barked out in declamatory Russian.”
“Boesch's methodology has often been described as expressionist, though in this instance he's less overtly declamatory than you might expect, singing the work as much off the lines as the text.”
“As the declamatory, public-face Hoover, he gets the voice just right; as the private Hoover, however, lost in the film's monotonously sepia-toned murkiness, he's defeated by the script and the makeup department.”
“He's an intensely physical soloist, throwing himself into the declamatory phrases like a man following a particularly exacting fitness regime, but equally sensitive to those moments of melting tenderness.”
“Beginning in 1976 with the album Blue Moves, his rock influences became less pronounced, and a more churchlike English pop style emerged in ballads like “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” (1976), which typified the staid declamatory aura of his mature ballads.”
“A nod to Robert Frost's paean to youthful innocence Nothing Gold Can Stay, Stay Gold bristles with naive optimism – all shimmering guitars and declamatory idylls.”
“The slight, big-eyed figure of Almond singing in declamatory chest voice, until some hushed falsetto near the end, held the stage tellingly.”
“Mojo said, "Prophet delivers with quixotic swagger and declamatory sneer.”
“In this version, with its wide-ranging soprano part and virtuosic piano accompaniments, which Aleksander Madzar manages superbly, it becomes less a memorial to just one great composer than to a whole culture; Banse is simply in a class of her own with music like this, fiercely declamatory when required, but tenderly and touchingly entreating, too.”
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