AskDefine | Define exclaim

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1 utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy; "`I won!' he exclaimed"; "`Help!' she cried"; "`I'm here,' the mother shouted when she saw her child looking lost" [syn: cry, cry out, outcry, call out, shout]
2 state or announce; "`I am not a Communist,' " he exclaimed; "The King will proclaim an amnesty" [syn: proclaim, promulgate]

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exclamare, exclamatum; ex + clamare to cry out; confer exclamer. See clam.



  1. To cry out from earnestness or passion; to utter with vehemence; to call out or declare loudly; to protest vehemently; to vociferate; to shout; as, to exclaim against oppression with wonder or astonishment.


to cry out from earnestness or passion; to utter with vehemence


  1. Outcry; clamor.
    Cursing cries and deep exclaims. -Shak.

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