Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CLAIMS

They have claims on the magnanimity and, I may add, on the justice of this nation which we must all feel.

More I could add, but brevity is best;-- These are our claims to honour you as Guest.

Then of course to the duties of a wife belong the claims Society has upon her as a wife.

The claims of love cannot surely obliterate those of friendship!

According to Rogers, who claims to have suggested the poem, it was to have been inscribed to him.

Sher Afzul claimed to be made Mehtar, Umra supported his claims.

He was moved in his simplicity to urge moderation by asserting the claims of his own personality.

He claims to be from a 'high up' Southern family, but has been a plainsman since 1851.

He affected singularity, in order to establish his claims to genius.

Shall we hesitate to devote to him whatever he claims, or whatever we can bestow?

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "to call, call out; to ask or demand by virtue of right or authority," from accented stem of Old French clamer "to call, name, describe; claim; complain; declare," from Latin clamare "to cry out, shout, proclaim," from PIE *kele- (2) "to shout," imitative (cf. Sanskrit usakala "cock," literally "dawn-calling;" Latin calare "to announce solemnly, call out;" Middle Irish cailech "cock;" Greek kalein "to call," kelados "noise," kledon "report, fame;" Old High German halan "to call;" Old English hlowan "to low, make a noise like a cow;" Lithuanian kalba "language"). Related: Claimed; claiming.

Meaning "to maintain as true" is from 1864; specific sense "to make a claim" (on an insurance company) is from 1897. Claim properly should not stray too far from its true meaning of "to demand recognition of a right."

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.