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Meaning of DECLAIM

Pronunciation:  di'kleym

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  speak against, in an impassioned manner; "he declaimed against the wasteful ways of modern society"
  2. [v]  recite in elocution

DECLAIM is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: inveigh, recite
 See Also: do, elocute, execute, mouth, perform, perorate, protest, scan, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*claim"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Declaimed}; 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;
       to harangue; specifically, to recite a speech, poem, etc.,
       in public as a rhetorical exercise; to practice public
       speaking; as, the students declaim twice a week.
    2. To speak for rhetorical display; to speak pompously,
       noisily, or theatrically; to make an empty speech; to
       rehearse trite arguments in debate; to rant.
             Grenville seized the opportunity to declaim on the
             repeal of the stamp act.              --Bancroft.
  2. \De*claim"\, v. t.
    1. To utter in public; to deliver in a rhetorical or set
    2. To defend by declamation; to advocate loudly. [Obs.]
       ``Declaims his cause.'' --South.
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