Declaim definition

dĭ-klām
To speak loudly and vehemently; inveigh.
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To make an impassioned verbal attack; deliver a tirade.
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To utter with feeling, pomposity, etc.
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To utter or recite with rhetorical effect.
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To recite a speech, poem, etc. with studied or artificial eloquence.
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To speak in a dramatic, pompous, or blustering way.
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To recite (a poem, speech, etc.)
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To object to something vociferously; to rail against in speech.
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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.
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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.

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To deliver a formal recitation, especially as an exercise in rhetoric or elocution.
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Origin of declaim

  • Middle English declamen from Latin dēclāmāre dē- intensive pref. de– clāmāre to cry out kelə-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French déclamer, from Latin dēclāmō.

    From Wiktionary