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declaim Syllabification: de·claim
Pronunciation: /dəˈklām/

Definition of declaim in English:


[reporting verb]
1Utter or deliver words or a speech in a rhetorical or impassioned way, as if to an audience: [with object]: she declaimed her views [no object]: a preacher declaiming from the pulpit
More example sentences
  • That these same words had been declaimed ten years earlier in rather different circumstances is not mentioned.
  • You can actually understand his words, and he declaims poetry as if he knows what it means.
  • In 1926, when O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars, was produced, there were violent scenes, Yeats declaiming to the audience that they had disgraced themselves again.
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
recite, read aloud, read out loud, read out;
informal spout
speak out against, rail against, inveigh against, fulminate against, rage against, thunder against;
rant about, expostulate against;
condemn, criticize, attack, decry, disparage
1.1 [no object] (declaim against) Forcefully protest against or criticize (something).
Example sentences
  • He began loudly declaiming against the robbers, with the result that he was shot.
  • When was the last time you heard anybody declaim against usury?
  • The Herald noted that socialists revelled in the opportunity to air their grievances and declaim against the wickedness of those whose worldly possessions were enough to make equal distribution desirable.


Example sentences
  • High points include the assessment of the orator Cassius Severus and his comparative failure as a declaimer.
  • Apollonios of Athens won a name for himself among the Greeks as an able speaker in the legal branch of oratory, and as a declaimer he was not to be despised.
  • Do they read traditional suppliers of journalistic information, or mostly declaimers of opinions?
Pronunciation: /dəˈklaməˌtôrē/
Example sentences
  • In theatre terms, the plays are didactic and are prone to long impassioned declamatory speeches.
  • The music's expression ranges from declamatory to lyrical.
  • He made this speech in a declamatory manner, standing in front of the fire, addressing himself half to Lucasta and half to an unseen audience in the middle distance.


Late Middle English: from French déclamer or Latin declamare, from de- (expressing thoroughness) + clamare 'to shout'.

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