Definition of declaim in English:

declaim

verb

  • [reporting verb] Utter or deliver words 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’
    • ‘Speeches declaimed from the front of the stage explore theories about what is real and when an illusion becomes reality.’
    • ‘‘It is all a matter of resources,’ she declaimed.’
    • ‘‘The Tory party is immortal,’ he declaims, though he is hazier about precisely when its political fortunes will revive.’
    • ‘‘Those words mean something to me,’ he declaimed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Beautifully staged, with wonderfully spoken rather than declaimed language which makes it so much more understandable… at moments it seemed almost modern though I don't think the script was adapted at all.’
    • ‘‘A policeman without a gun is not a policeman! ‘he declaims and this axiom defines the gun culture of the Bonaerense.’’
    • ‘‘NGOs could be playing a more significant role,’ Omayma Khalil, secretary of the Women's National Council at Al-Tor City Council declaims.’
    • ‘At first I couldn't make out the words, just the preternaturally LOUD sound of a boy's voice flatly declaiming some sort of Important Announcement.’
    • ‘He has one of those public school faces that was created solely to stare up at blue English skies from a gently rocking punt while a tousle-haired type declaims Rupert Brooke.’
    • ‘He's bellowing over the music, declaiming Green policies.’
    • ‘His mouth was open, as though he were about to declaim a poem, or speak an epigram.’
    • ‘Robert Graves, leonine, ascended grandly and delivered hilarious impromptu remarks before declaiming a poem.’
    • ‘You can actually understand his words, and he declaims poetry as if he knows what it means.’
    • ‘That these same words had been declaimed ten years earlier in rather different circumstances is not mentioned.’
    • ‘Although suspicious of unknown admirers, Tennyson was a sociable man, with a fondness for declaiming his work to a respectful audience.’
    • ‘So there we were, declaiming the lines, complete with interpretive dance, and the audience sat there completely straight-faced and took everything seriously.’
    • ‘As soon as he speaks, all you hear is some sixth-former declaiming bad poetry.’
    • ‘He once started a concert by declaiming, in the haughtiest classical French, ‘I want to make one thing clear before I begin.’’
    • ‘Eminem, now wearing a smart suit and red tie, declaims in a style reminiscent of Martin Luther King.’
    recite, say aloud, read aloud, read out loud, read out
    make a speech, give an address, give a talk, give a lecture, make an oration, deliver a sermon, give a sermon
    speak out, protest strongly, make a protest, make a stand, rail, inveigh, fulminate, rage, thunder
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

declaim

/dɪˈkleɪm/