What is the difference between Declamation and Extempore?

The difference between declamation and extempore

is that "declamation" is the act or art of declaiming; rhetorical delivery; loud speaking in public and "extempore" is carried out with no preparation; impromptu.




  • The act or art of declaiming; rhetorical delivery; loud speaking in public.
  • A set or harangue; declamatory discourse.
  • Pretentious rhetorical display, with more sound than sense.

Related terms

  • declamation in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • declamation in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.
  • declamation at OneLook Dictionary Search


  • Synonym: haranguing
  • His recitations were prompt and correct, and his answers were given with confidence. But perhaps he did himself most credit in declamation. He had always been very fond of that, and though he had never received and scientific instruction in it, he possessed a natural grace and a deep feeling of earnestness which made success easy. He had selected an extract from Webster–the reply to the Hayne–and this was the showpiece of the afternoon. The rest of the declamation was crude enough, but Harry’s impressed even the most ignorant of his listeners as superior for a boy of his age.
  • mere declamation


  • Carried out with no preparation; impromptu.


  • Without preparation; extemporaneously.


  • Something improvised.