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verb de·claim \di-ˈklām, dē-\

: to say (something) in usually a loud and formal way

Full Definition of DECLAIM

intransitive verb
:  to speak rhetorically; specifically :  to recite something as an exercise in elocution
:  to speak pompously or bombastically :  harangue
transitive verb
:  to deliver rhetorically <an actor declaiming his lines>; specifically :  to recite in elocution
de·claim·er noun
dec·la·ma·tion \ˌde-klə-ˈmā-shən\ noun

Examples of DECLAIM

  1. The actress declaimed her lines with passion.
  2. The speakers declaimed on a variety of issues.

Origin of DECLAIM

Middle English declamen, from Latin declamare, from de- + clamare to cry out; akin to Latin calare to call — more at low
First Known Use: 14th century


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