declaim

  • 1 Declaim — De*claim (d[ e]*kl[=a]m ), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Declaimed} (d[ e]*kl[=a]md ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Declaiming}.] [L. declamare; de + clamare to cry out: cf. F. d[ e]clamer. See {Claim}.] 1. To speak rhetorically; to make a formal speech or oration;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Declaim — De*claim , v. t. 1. To utter in public; to deliver in a rhetorical or set manner. [1913 Webster] 2. To defend by declamation; to advocate loudly. [Obs.] Declaims his cause. South. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 declaim — I verb address, deliver oratorically, descant, dilate, discourse, dissertate, expand, expatiate, expound, give a formal speech, harangue, hold forth, lecture, make a speech, orate, perorate, preach, prelect, proclaim, rant, recite, rhetorize,… …

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  • 4 declaim — (v.) late 14c., from M.Fr. déclamer and directly from L. declamare to practice public speaking, to bluster, from de intensive prefix + clamare to cry, shout (see CLAIM (Cf. claim) (v.)). At first in English spelled declame, but altered under… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 declaim — [v] proclaim; get on a soapbox attack, bloviate, blow hot air*, declare, decry, denounce, harangue, hold forth, inveigh, lecture, mouth, orate, perorate, pile it on*, proclaim, rail, rant, recite, soapbox*, speak, spiel*, spout*, talk big*;… …

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  • 6 declaim — ► VERB ▪ speak or recite in an emphatic or dramatic way. DERIVATIVES declamatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin declamare, from clamare to shout …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 declaim — [dē klām′, diklām′] vi. [ME declamen < L declamare < de , intens. + clamare, to cry, shout: see CLAMOR] 1. to recite a speech, poem, etc. with studied or artificial eloquence 2. a) to speak in a dramatic, pompous, or blustering way b) to… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 declaim — [[t]dɪkle͟ɪm[/t]] declaims, declaiming, declaimed VERB If you declaim, you speak dramatically, as if you were acting in a theatre. [WRITTEN] [V with quote] He raised his right fist and declaimed: Liar and cheat! ... [V n] I can remember the way… …

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  • 9 declaim — UK [dɪˈkleɪm] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms declaim : present tense I/you/we/they declaim he/she/it declaims present participle declaiming past tense declaimed past participle declaimed formal to say something, especially in a… …

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  • 10 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

  • 11 declaim — verb 1) a preacher declaiming from the pulpit Syn: make a speech, give an address, give a lecture, deliver a sermon; speak, hold forth, orate, preach, lecture, sermonize, moralize; informal sound off, spout, speechify, preachify 2) …

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  • 12 declaim — /dəˈkleɪm / (say duh klaym) verb (i) 1. to speak aloud rhetorically; make a formal speech. 2. to speak or write for oratorical effect, without sincerity or sound argument. –verb (t) 3. to utter aloud in a rhetorical manner. –phrase 4. declaim… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 13 declaim — 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 …

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  • 14 declaim — verb a) To object to something vociferously; to rail against in speech. b) To recite, e.g., poetry, in a theatrical way …

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  • 15 declaim — Synonyms and related words: blare, blare forth, blaze, blaze abroad, blazon, blazon about, celebrate, chatter, converse, cry, cry out, debate, demagogue, elocute, gab, grimace, ham, ham it up, harangue, herald, herald abroad, hold forth, mouth,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 declaim — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. i. recite, harangue, rant. See speech. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. proclaim, speak, recite, harangue; see address 2 , recite 1 . III (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To speak in a loud, pompous, or prolonged… …

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  • 17 declaim — de|claim [dıˈkleım] v [I and T] written [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: declamare, from clamare to shout ] to speak loudly, sometimes with actions, so that people notice you >declamation [ˌdekləˈmeıʃən] n [U and C] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 declaim — de|claim [ dı kleım ] verb intransitive or transitive FORMAL to say something, especially in a formal or impressive way …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 declaim — de·claim || dɪ kleɪm v. speak rhetorically, harangue; recite, make a formal speech …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 declaim — 1) claimed 2) decimal …

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