v. de·claimed, de·claim·ing, de·claims
1. To deliver a formal recitation, especially as an exercise in rhetoric or elocution.
2. To speak loudly and vehemently; inveigh.
To utter or recite with rhetorical effect.
[Middle English declamen, from Latin dēclāmāre : dē-, intensive pref.; see DE- + clāmāre, to cry out; see kelə-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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