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exclaim

[ik-skleym] /ɪkˈskleɪm/
verb (used without object)
1.
to cry out or speak suddenly and vehemently, as in surprise, strong emotion, or protest.
verb (used with object)
2.
to cry out; say loudly or vehemently.
Origin of exclaim
1560-1570
1560-70; earlier exclame < Latin exclāmāre to cry out. See ex-1, claim
Related forms
exclaimer, noun
unexclaiming, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. shout, proclaim, vociferate; yell, shriek, scream, holler, howl.
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  • As they grasp the hands held out to them they exclaim, "God bless you!"

  • I 'll tell you experiences of mine, and you 'll exclaim at every step, 'How could that be?'

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • As soon as you see him, you must give a shout of surprise, exclaim, 'My dear uncle!'

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Surprise made Jaffir exclaim, but he wasn't prepared to deny that.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • Overcoming a nervous contraction of the windpipe, I had managed to exclaim "Captain Falk!"

    Falk Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for exclaim

exclaim

/ɪkˈskleɪm/
verb
1.
to cry out or speak suddenly or excitedly, as from surprise, delight, horror, etc
Derived Forms
exclaimer, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin exclāmāre, from clāmāre to shout
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Word Origin and History for exclaim
v.

1560s, back-formation from exclamation or else from Middle French exclamer (16c.), from Latin exclamare "cry out loud," from ex- intensive prefix "out" (see ex-) + clamare "cry, shout, call" (see claim (v.)). Spelling influenced by claim. Related: Exclaimed; exclaiming.

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