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verb (used with object)
  1. to cry out; say loudly or vehemently.

Origin of exclaim

1560–70; earlier exclame < Latin exclāmāre to cry out. See ex-1, claim
Related formsex·claim·er, nounun·ex·claim·ing, adjective

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Examples from the Web for exclaimed

Contemporary Examples of exclaimed

Historical Examples of exclaimed

  • "Yet it is ever thus, when Plato is with us," exclaimed Pericles.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • "Now you are angry with me," exclaimed the sensitive maiden; and she burst into tears.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • "Marvellous, indeed, is the mystery of our being," exclaimed Anaxagoras.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • "He's gone off with my gold," exclaimed Paul Nichols, recovering from his stupefaction.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Ambrose only exclaimed “O uncle, you must have been hard pressed.”

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

British Dictionary definitions for exclaimed


  1. to cry out or speak suddenly or excitedly, as from surprise, delight, horror, etc
Derived Formsexclaimer, noun

Word Origin for exclaim

C16: from Latin exclāmāre, from clāmāre to shout
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Word Origin and History for exclaimed



1560s, back-formation from exclamation or else from Middle French exclamer (16c.), from Latin exclamare "cry out loud," from ex- intensive prefix "out" (see ex-) + clamare "cry, shout, call" (see claim (v.)). Spelling influenced by claim. Related: Exclaimed; exclaiming.

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