[ 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 forms

de·claim·er, nounun·de·claimed, adjectiveun·de·claim·ing, adjective

Can be confused

declaim 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 Forms

declaimer, noun

Word Origin for declaim

C14: from Latin dēclāmāre, from clāmāre to call out
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