2. recitation of a speech from memory with studied gestures and intonation as an exercise in elocution or rhetoric;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Declamation \Dec`la*ma"tion\, n. [L. declamatio, from declamare:
cf. F. d['e]clamation. See Declaim.]
1. The act or art of declaiming; rhetorical delivery;
haranguing; loud speaking in public; especially, the
public recitation of speeches as an exercise in schools
and colleges; as, the practice declamation by students.
The public listened with little emotion, but with
much civility, to five acts of monotonous
2. A set or harangue; declamatory discourse.
3. Pretentious rhetorical display, with more sound than
sense; as, mere declamation.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: vehement oratory
2: recitation of a speech from memory with studied gestures and
intonation as an exercise in elocution or rhetoric