declaim

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From Middle French déclamer, from Latin dēclāmō.

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declaim (third-person singular simple present declaims, present participle declaiming, simple past and past participle declaimed)

  1. To object to something vociferously; to rail against in speech.
  2. To recite, e.g., poetry, in a theatrical way; to speak for rhetorical display; to speak pompously, noisily, or theatrically; bemouth; to make an empty speech; to rehearse trite arguments in debate; to rant.
    • Bancroft
      Grenville seized the opportunity to declaim on the repeal of the stamp act.
  3. To speak rhetorically; to make a formal speech or oration; specifically, to recite a speech, poem, etc., in public as a rhetorical exercise; to practice public speaking.
    The students declaim twice a week.

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