declaim VERB speak or recite in an emphatic or dramatic way.
DERIVATIVES declamatory adjective.
ORIGIN Latin declamare, from clamare 'to shout' .

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  • declamatory — adjective Date: 1581 of, relating to, or marked by declamation or rhetorical display < declamatory speeches > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • declamatory — /di klam euh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. 1. pertaining to or characterized by declamation. 2. merely oratorical or rhetorical; stilted: a pompous, declamatory manner of speech. [1575 85; < L declamatorius, equiv. to declama(re) (see DECLAIM) + torius …   Universalium

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