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 for declaim
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Declaim \De*claim"\, v. t.
     1. To utter in public; to deliver in a rhetorical or set
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     2. To defend by declamation; to advocate loudly. [Obs.]
        "Declaims his cause." --South.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Declaim \De*claim"\ (d[-e]*kl[=a]m"), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
     Declaimed (d[-e]*kl[=a]md"); p. pr. & vb. n. Declaiming.]
     [L. declamare; de- + clamare to cry out: cf. F. d['e]clamer.
     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.
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     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.
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              Grenville seized the opportunity to declaim on the
              repeal of the stamp act.              --Bancroft.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: recite in elocution [syn: declaim, recite]
      2: speak against in an impassioned manner; "he declaimed against
         the wasteful ways of modern society" [syn: declaim,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  53 Moby Thesaurus words for "declaim":
     blare, blare forth, blaze, blaze abroad, blazon, blazon about,
     celebrate, chatter, converse, cry, cry out, debate, demagogue,
     elocute, gab, grimace, ham, ham it up, harangue, herald,
     herald abroad, hold forth, mouth, mug, orate, out-herod Herod,
     overact, overdramatize, patter, perorate, proclaim, promulgate,
     rabble-rouse, rant, rave, read, recite, roar, rodomontade, shout,
     soapbox, speak, spiel, spout, talk, throw away, thunder,
     thunder forth, trumpet, trumpet forth, tub-thump, underact,
     wag the tongue

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