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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.
  3. to speak or write for oratorical effect, as without sincerity or sound argument.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to utter aloud in an oratorical manner: to declaim a speech.
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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
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Historical Examples

  • Baby merely gurgled, and Poppylinda essayed to climb the declaimer's skirts.


    Dana Gatlin

  • Motley came to Round Hill, as one of his schoolmates tells me, with a great reputation, especially as a declaimer.

    Memoir of John Lothrop Motley, Complete

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • There he was well-educated, especially in rhetoric, and acquired a reputation as a declaimer in Greek and Latin.

  • But the puritan declamation which pleased all the rest, disgusted young Hinkley, and increased his dislike for the declaimer.


    W. Gilmore Simms

  • Mr. H. said, he never was a declaimer in favor of what gentlemen meant by the rights of man.

British Dictionary definitions for declaimer


  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
  3. (intr foll by against) to protest (against) loudly and publicly
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Derived Formsdeclaimer, noun

Word Origin

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



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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