The verb exclaim is from the Latin word exclamare, which means "to cry out." The English meaning is similar, to cry out, but with the added element of a strong emotion such as fear, joy, surprise.

In writing, when someone exclaims something, the punctuation mark used to express this vehement outcry is usually the exclamation point: "Stop!" you exclaim when your toddler climbs precariously on a chair stacked with books. "Not in this lifetime!" you cry out when your teenager wants to borrow the new car. You will exclaim "I'm so proud!" when your child graduates college.

Definitions of exclaim

v utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy

“`I won!' he exclaimed
call out, cry, cry out, outcry, shout
call, cry, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, squall, yell
utter a sudden loud cry
call out
call out loudly, as of names or numbers
give a command to a horse to turn to the right side
aah, ooh
express admiration and pleasure by uttering `ooh' or `aah'
Type of:
express, give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize
articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise

v state or announce

“`I am not a Communist,' he exclaimed
proclaim, promulgate
proclaim one's support, sympathy, or opinion for or against
proclaim on, or as if on, a trumpet
proclaim on, or as if on, a clarion
Type of:
state emphatically and authoritatively

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