Meaning of declaim

de•claim

Pronunciation: (di-klām'), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to speak aloud in an oratorical manner; make a formal speech: Brutus declaimed from the steps of the Roman senate building.
  2. to inveigh (usually fol. by against): He declaimed against the high rents in slums.
  3. to speak or write for oratorical effect, as without sincerity or sound argument.
—v.t.
  1. to utter aloud in an oratorical manner: to declaim a speech.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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