exclaim

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From Middle French exclamer, from Latin exclāmāre (call out), from ex- + clāmāre (to call).

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exclaim (third-person singular simple present exclaims, present participle exclaiming, simple past and past participle exclaimed)

  1. (intransitive) To cry out suddenly, from some strong emotion.
    • 1907, Robert W. Chambers, chapter IX, The Younger Set:
      “Heavens!” exclaimed Nina, “the blue-stocking and the fogy!—and yours are pale blue, Eileen!—you’re about as self-conscious as Drina—slumping there with your hair tumbling à la Mérode! Oh, it's very picturesque, of course, but a straight spine and good grooming is better. []

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exclaim (plural exclaims)

  1. (obsolete) Exclamation; outcry, clamor.
    • 1635, John Donne, "His parting form her":
      Oh fortune, thou'rt not worth my least exclame [...].