- to recite a speech, poem, etc. with studied or artificial eloquence
- to speak in a dramatic, pompous, or blustering way
- to make an impassioned verbal attack; deliver a tirade
Origin of declaimMiddle English declamen from Classical Latin declamare from de-, intensive + clamare, to cry, shout: see clamor
- to recite (a poem, speech, etc.)
- to utter with feeling, pomposity, etc.
verbde·claimed, de·claim·ing, de·claims
- To deliver a formal recitation, especially as an exercise in rhetoric or elocution.
- To speak loudly and vehemently; inveigh.
Origin of declaimMiddle English declamen from Latin dēclāmāre dē- intensive pref. ; see de- . clāmāre to cry out ; see kelə-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present declaims, present participle declaiming, simple past and past participle declaimed)
- To object to something vociferously; to rail against in speech.
- To recite, e.g., poetry, in a theatrical way; to speak for rhetorical display; to speak pompously, noisily, or theatrically; to make an empty speech; to rehearse trite arguments in debate; to rant.
- To speak rhetorically; to make a formal speech or oration; specifically, to recite a speech, poem, etc., in public as a rhetorical exercise; to practice public speaking.
- The students declaim twice a week.
From Middle French déclamer, from Latin dēclāmō.