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Nov 29, 2018
This week’s theme
Verbs

This week’s words
actuate
parley
impignorate
declaim
divaricate

declaim
Roberto Bolle in Romeo and Juliet
American Ballet Theatre

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declaim

PRONUNCIATION:
(di/dee-KLAYM)

MEANING:
verb intr.:1. To speak rhetorically.
 2. To speak in a pompous manner.
verb tr.:1. To recite with eloquence.
 2. To state with passion.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin declamare, from de- (intensive prefix) + clamare (to shout). Earliest documented use: 1374.

USAGE:
“Will Self makes frequent appearances in the Guardian to declaim the Death of the Novel, only to persist in writing novels that presumably not even he can be bothered to read.”
Rob Doyle; The Novel Isn’t Dead -- It Just Smells Funny; Irish Times (Dublin); Nov 15, 2018.

See more usage examples of declaim in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Write on my gravestone: "Infidel, Traitor" -- infidel to every church that compromises with wrong; traitor to every government that oppresses the people. -Wendell Phillips, human rights activist and attorney (29 Nov 1811-1884)

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