Definition of declaim in English:
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
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- 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;
recite, read aloud, read out loud, read out;
speak out against, rail against, inveigh against, fulminate against, rage against, thunder against;
rant about, expostulate against;
1.1 [no object] (declaim against) Forcefully protest against or criticize (something).
- 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.
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- 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?
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- 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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