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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Definitions for declaim

  1. to orate; to speak in a loud and emotional manner

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Citations for declaim
What is the clue to understanding a country rife with despair and disrepair, which nonetheless moved a Mughal emperor to declaim, "If on earth there be paradise of bliss, it is this, it is this, it is this ...?" Shashi Tharoor, India: From Midnight to Millennium
The heavies declaim prolix monologues on evil in a godless universe. Robert Polito, New York Times
Origin of declaim
c 1385, from Latin declamare, from de- intensifying prefix + clamare "to cry, shout". At first in England, spelled declame, but altered under influence of claim.