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declaim

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verb de·claim \di-ˈklām, dē-\

Simple Definition of declaim

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

Full Definition of declaim

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to speak rhetorically; specifically :  to recite something as an exercise in elocution

  3. 2 :  to speak pompously or bombastically :  harangue

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to deliver rhetorically <an actor declaiming his lines>; specifically :  to recite in elocution

de·claim·er noun
dec·la·ma·tion play \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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