verb (used without object)
to speak aloud in an oratorical manner; make a formal speech: Brutus declaimed from the steps of the Roman senate building.
to inveigh (usually followed by against ): He declaimed against the high rents in slums.
to speak or write for oratorical effect, as without sincerity or sound argument.
verb (used with object)
to utter aloud in an oratorical manner: to declaim a speech.

1350–1400; Middle English declamen < Latin dēclāmāre, equivalent to dē- de- + clāmāre to cry, shout; see claim

declaimer, noun
undeclaimed, adjective
undeclaiming, adjective

declaim, disclaim. Unabridged
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declaim (dɪˈkleɪm)
vb (foll by against)
1.  to make (a speech, statement, etc) loudly and in a rhetorical manner
2.  to speak lines from (a play, poem, etc) with studied eloquence; recite
3.  to protest (against) loudly and publicly
[C14: from Latin dēclāmāre, from clāmāre to call out]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from L. declamare, from de- intens. prefix + clamare "to cry, shout" (see claim). At first in Eng. spelled declame, but altered under influence of claim.
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Example sentences
My friends declaim my ability and attribute my skill to other causes.
Written words, spoken words, words to sing or to scream or to declaim.
There are well-meaning philosophers who declaim against the unrighteousness of
Instead of conversing, some declaim, issuing speeches prepared long in advance
  or used successfully on other occasions.
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