declaim

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v declaim speak against in an impassioned manner "he declaimed against the wasteful ways of modern society"
    • v declaim recite in elocution
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Declaim To defend by declamation; to advocate loudly. "Declaims his cause."
    • Declaim 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."
    • Declaim 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.
    • Declaim To utter in public; to deliver in a rhetorical or set manner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • declaim To make a formal speech or oration; harangue.
    • declaim To speak or write for rhetorical effect; speak or write pompously or elaborately, without earnestness of purpose, sincerity, or sound argument; rant.
    • declaim To repeat a select piece of prose or poetry in public, as an exercise in oratory or to exhibit skill in elocution.
    • declaim To utter or deliver in public in a rhetorical or oratorical manner.
    • declaim To speak as an exercise in elocution: as, he declaimed Mark Antony's speech.
    • declaim To maintain or advocate oratorically.
    • declaim To speak against; cry down; decry.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Declaim de-klām′ to make a set or rhetorical speech: to harangue: to recite in public
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Quotations

  • Marquis De Sade
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    “They declaim against the passions without bothering to think that it is from their flame philosophy lights its torch.”
  • Samuel Johnson
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    “Nay, Madam, when you are declaiming, declaim; and when you are calculating, calculate.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. declamare,; de-, + clamare, to cry out: cf. F. déclamer,. See Claim
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. declamārede, inten., clamāre, to cry out.

Usage

In literature:

Thomson's genius was not dramatic, and while his characters declaim, they do not act.
"The Age of Pope" by John Dennis
Do not, therefore, give him dramatic parts to recite, nor teach him to declaim.
"Émile" by Jean Jacques Rousseau
Then he declaimed his freedom.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
Some exclaimed for, and others declaimed against, the candidate.
"Captain Pott's Minister" by Francis L. Cooper
On a hogshead at one side a street preacher was declaiming.
"Gold" by Stewart White
It is not uncommon to hear persons declaim against teaching children what they do not understand.
"In the School-Room" by John S. Hart
That was before I declaimed myself King.
"The Mermaid of Druid Lake and Other Stories" by Charles Weathers Bump
How often were they declaimed from the school rostrums in the days, dear reader, when you and I were young!
"Home Life of Great Authors" by Hattie Tyng Griswold
Has not Christianity declaimed against private property, against marriages, against the State?
"Manifesto of the Communist Party" by Karl Marx
It's especially good when declaimed.
"The Crow's Nest" by Clarence Day, Jr.
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In poetry:

In evening company he sets his face
In most spirituel positions,
And declaims before the ladies
My god-like compositions.
"Translations And Adaptations From Heine" by Ezra Pound
Declaiming, loudly, to the world
That all this land is free,
And, with their stripes and stars unfurl'd,
They shouted "Liberty!"
"I've Seen" by Benjamin Cutler Clark

In news:

There once was a magical time when everything a celebrity said was so important the words had to be declaimed in a quasi-British accent and with at least one hand lifted to the heavens for emphasis.
In the role of Perséphone, an actress declaims Gide's verses in the high manner of French classic theater.
Writing in The New Yorker some 10 years ago, critic Terrence Rafferty memorably declaimed that the absurd pop thriller La Femme Nikita was "the end of French cinema as we know it".
Lush orchestration, pithy, even angry solos and fiercely declaimed poetry highlight Ernest Dawkins' new recording.
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In science:

Thus it is enough for analysis that we just discuss the interval [−π−φ0 , π−φ0 ] without special declaiming, whereas the others can be extended with periods along the Φ-axis.
The analysis on the single particle model of CDW
The same conclusion as above can be declaimed. 3) JPEG compression.: A JPEG compression is applied to the watermarked image, depending on a compression level.
Improving random number generators by chaotic iterations. Application in data hiding
The same conclusion as above can be declaimed: watermarking method satisfies the desired properties. c) JPEG compression: A JPEG compression is applied to the watermarked image, depending on a compression level.
Evaluating Quality of Chaotic Pseudo-Random Generators: Application to Information Hiding
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