Pronunciation: (di-klām'), [key]
1. to speak aloud in an oratorical manner; make a formal speech: Brutus declaimed from the steps of the Roman senate building.
2. to inveigh (usually fol. by against): He declaimed against the high rents in slums.
3. to speak or write for oratorical effect, as without sincerity or sound argument.
to utter aloud in an oratorical manner: to declaim a speech.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.