Definition of declaim in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈklām/


[reporting verb]
Utter 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 an opportunity to declaim against the evils of society
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



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?


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

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Syllabification: de·claim

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