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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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

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noun

declamation

play \ˌde-klə-ˈmā-shən\ noun

Examples of declaim in a sentence

  1. The actress declaimed her lines with passion.

  2. The speakers declaimed on a variety of issues.



Did You Know?

Declaiming suggests an unnatural style of speech best suited to a stage or podium. Listening to an actor declaim a passage in a Shakespeare play can be enjoyable. Listening to Aunt Ida at Sunday dinner declaiming on the virtues of roughage might not be. Most people don't appreciate being treated as an audience, and good advice is usually more welcome when it's not given in a declamatory style.

Origin and Etymology 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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