- 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.