from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To deliver a formal recitation, especially as an exercise in rhetoric or elocution.
- intransitive v. To speak loudly and vehemently; inveigh.
- transitive v. To utter or recite with rhetorical effect.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To object to something vociferously; to rail against in speech.
- v. To recite, e.g., poetry, in a theatrical way.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive 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.
- intransitive 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.
- transitive v. To utter in public; to deliver in a rhetorical or set manner.
- transitive v. To defend by declamation; to advocate loudly.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. speak against in an impassioned manner
- v. recite in elocution
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)
From Latin dēclāmō. (Wiktionary)