[ dih-kleym ]
/ dɪˈkleɪm /

verb (used without object)

to speak aloud in an oratorical manner; make a formal speech: Brutus declaimed from the steps of the Roman senate building.
to inveigh (usually followed by against): He declaimed against the high rents in slums.
to speak or write for oratorical effect, as without sincerity or sound argument.

verb (used with object)

to utter aloud in an oratorical manner: to declaim a speech.

Origin of declaim

1350–1400; Middle English declamen < Latin dēclāmāre, equivalent to dē- de- + clāmāre to cry, shout; see claim
Related formsde·claim·er, nounun·de·claimed, adjectiveun·de·claim·ing, adjective
Can be confuseddeclaim disclaim Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for declaim


/ (dɪˈkleɪm) /


to make (a speech, statement, etc) loudly and in a rhetorical manner
to speak lines from (a play, poem, etc) with studied eloquence; recite
(intr foll by against) to protest (against) loudly and publicly
Derived Formsdeclaimer, noun

Word Origin for declaim

C14: from Latin dēclāmāre, from clāmāre to call out
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Word Origin and History for declaim



late 14c., from Middle French déclamer and directly from Latin declamare "to practice public speaking, to bluster," from de- intensive prefix + clamare "to cry, shout" (see claim (v.)). At first in English spelled declame, but altered under influence of claim. Related: Declaimed; declaiming.

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