[ dih-kleym ]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to speak aloud in an oratorical manner; make a formal speech:Brutus declaimed from the steps of the Roman senate building.

  2. to inveigh (usually followed by against): He declaimed against the high rents in slums.

  1. to speak or write for oratorical effect, as without sincerity or sound argument.

verb (used with object)
  1. 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

Other words from declaim

  • de·claim·er, noun
  • un·de·claimed, adjective
  • un·de·claim·ing, adjective

Words that may be confused with declaim

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How to use declaim in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for declaim


/ (dɪˈkleɪm) /

  1. to make (a speech, statement, etc) loudly and in a rhetorical manner

  2. to speak lines from (a play, poem, etc) with studied eloquence; recite

  1. (intr foll by against) to protest (against) loudly and publicly

Origin of declaim

C14: from Latin dēclāmāre, from clāmāre to call out

Derived forms of declaim

  • declaimer, noun

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