verb Etymology: Middle English declamen, from Latin declamare, from de- + clamare to cry out; akin to Latin calare to call — more at low Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to speak rhetorically; specifically to recite something as an exercise in elocution 2. to speak pompously or bombastically ; harangue transitive verb to deliver rhetorically <
an actor declaiming his lines
; specifically to recite in elocution • declaimer noundeclamation noun

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  • declaim — declaimer, n. /di klaym /, v.i. 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 fol. by against): He declaimed against the high rents in slums.… …   Universalium

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