De*claim" (?), v. i. [imp. & p.
p. Declaimed (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Declaiming.] [L. declamare; de- + clamare
to cry out: cf. F. déclamer. See Claim.]
1. 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.
2. 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. Bancroft.
De*claim" (?), v. t. 1.
To utter in public; to deliver in a rhetorical or set
2. To defend by declamation; to advocate
loudly. [Obs.] "Declaims his cause." South.