American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To deliver a formal recitation, especially as an exercise in rhetoric or elocution.
- v. To speak loudly and vehemently; inveigh.
- v. To utter or recite with rhetorical effect.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make a formal speech or oration; harangue.
- To speak or write for rhetorical effect; speak or write pompously or elaborately, without earnestness of purpose, sincerity, or sound argument; rant.
- To repeat a select piece of prose or poetry in public, as an exercise in oratory or to exhibit skill in elocution.
- To utter or deliver in public in a rhetorical or oratorical manner.
- To speak as an exercise in elocution: as, he declaimed Mark Antony's speech.
- 3. To maintain or advocate oratorically.
- To speak against; cry down; decry.
- v. To object to something vociferously; to rail against in speech.
- v. To recite, e.g., poetry, in a theatrical way.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. 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.
- v. To speak for rhetorical display; to speak pompously, noisily, or theatrically; to make an empty speech; to rehearse trite arguments in debate; to rant.
- v. To utter in public; to deliver in a rhetorical or set manner.
- v. obsolete To defend by declamation; to advocate loudly.
- v. speak against in an impassioned manner
- v. recite in elocution
- From Latin dēclāmō. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English declamen, from Latin dēclāmāre : dē-, intensive pref.; see de- + clāmāre, to cry out; see kelə-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“SCOTT SIMON, host: In Washington, D.C. this week, something happened just a few blocks from Congress, where politicians debate and declaim about illegal immigrants.”
“Nay, the members of a union will declaim in impassioned rhetoric for the God-given right of an eight-hour day, and at the time be working their own business against seventeen hours out of the twenty-four.”
“Boehner says that whoever runs against Obama will have to want to make a smaller government and love America, but not love America in a way that forces Boehner to say, "I take him at his word that he loves America," rather, one that makes Boehner declaim with certainty, "He loves America.”
“As theater, it offers some exceptional monologues and just as many opportunities for actors to declaim their speeches rather than perform them.”
“This observation contradicts both common sense and the collective wisdom of teachers and preachers, who declaim that we fear—and sometimes should fear—the “other,” the dangerous stranger.”
“No, it is typically some über-master (2010: Michael Chabon) who must at all times, in front of apprentices, declaim modesty and commitment to the common religion.”
“No, it is typically some Ã¼ber-master (2010: Michael Chabon) who must at all times, in front of apprentices, declaim modesty and commitment to the common religion.”
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Key words from "The Training of a Public Speaker" by Grenville Kleiser (New York and London, 1920)
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