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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having the quality of a declamation.
  • adjective Pretentiously rhetorical; bombastic.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to declamation; treated in the manner of a rhetorician.
  • adjective Characterized by rhetorical display; pretentiously rhetorical; without solid sense or argument; bombastic; noisy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective having the quality of a declamation.
  • adjective pretentiously lofty in style; bombastic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective ostentatiously lofty in style

Etymologies

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declaim +‎ -atory

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