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.
Origin of declaim
Middle English declamenfrom Latin dēclāmāredē-intensive pref.de–clāmāreto cry outkelə-2 in Indo-European roots
The President of the St Albans Branch of the Royal British Legion will then declaim the Exhortation.
While still a child he could declaim most of the Iliad in Greek without a book, and read and quoted Tacitus with enthusiasm.
Those who most loudly declaim against the idea of a separate Scotland found themselves upon the close commercial inter-relation of two countries.
Many have to be recovered from grammars, dictionaries, &c., where single lines or groups of lines are quoted to illustrate the proper use of words, phrases or idioms. Moreover, many a reciter was not content to declaim the genuine verses of ancient poets, but interpolated some of his own composition, and the change of religion introduced by Islam led to the mutilation of many verses to suit the doctrines of the new creed.1 The language of the poems, as of all the best Arabian literature, was that of the desert Arabs of central Arabia; and to use it aright was the ambition of poets and scholars even in the Abbasid period.
He used to declaim by the hour in the conclaves at Burlington House upon the necessity of securing Fox; upon the strength which his genius would lend to the administration in its task of grappling with the sanguinary giant; upon the impossibility, at least, of doing either with him or without him.