- 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.
- to utter aloud in an oratorical manner: to declaim a speech.
Origin of declaim
Examples from the Web for declaimer
Historical Examples of declaimer
Baby merely gurgled, and Poppylinda essayed to climb the declaimer's skirts.Missy
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.A History of Roman Literature
Harold North Fowler
But the puritan declamation which pleased all the rest, disgusted young Hinkley, and increased his dislike for the declaimer.Charlemont
W. Gilmore Simms
Mr. H. said, he never was a declaimer in favor of what gentlemen meant by the rights of man.
- 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
Word Origin 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.