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Definition of "declaim" [de•claim]

  • To deliver a formal recitation, especially as an exercise in rhetoric or elocution. (verb-intransitive)
  • To speak loudly and vehemently; inveigh. (verb-intransitive)
  • To utter or recite with rhetorical effect. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "declaim" in a sentence
  • ""There's a fierce gray bird with a bending beak," that the boys loved so dearly to "declaim;" and another poem by this last author, which we all liked to read, partly from a childish love of the tragic, and partly for its graphic description of an avalanche's movement: --"
  • "From the latter, there are some who pretend to be free: they are generally such as declaim against the lust of wealth and power, because they have never been able to attain any high degree in either: they boast of generosity and feeling."
  • "Only Thor's evil brother, Loki Tom Hiddleston, gets to declaim any flavorsome lines."