Simple Definition of declaim
: to say (something) in usually a loud and formal way
Full Definition of declaim
1 : to speak rhetorically; specifically : to recite something as an exercise in elocution
2 : to speak pompously or bombastically : harangue
: to deliver rhetorically <an actor declaiming his lines>; specifically : to recite in elocution
Examples of declaim
The actress declaimed her lines with passion.
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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up declaim? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).