De*claim" (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Declaimed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Declaiming.] [L. declamare; de- + clamare to cry out: cf. F. d'eclamer. See Claim.]

1.

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; as, the students declaim twice a week.

2.

To speak for rhetorical display; to speak pompously, noisily, or theatrically; to make an empty speech; to rehearse trite arguments in debate; to rant.

Grenville seized the opportunity to declaim on the repeal of the stamp act. Bancroft.

 

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De*claim" (?), v. t.

1.

To utter in public; to deliver in a rhetorical or set manner.

2.

To defend by declamation; to advocate loudly.

[Obs.] "Declaims his cause."

South.

 

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