ex·​cla·​ma·​tion | \ ˌek-sklə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce exclamation (audio) \

Definition of exclamation

1 : a sharp or sudden utterance
2 : vehement expression of protest or complaint

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Synonyms for exclamation


cry, ejaculation, interjection

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Examples of exclamation in a Sentence

Her unexpected announcement caused a few exclamations of surprise. the good news was greeted with a chorus of joyous exclamations

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Shouts of gratitude were followed by exclamations of delight when people saw the float — a lush garden with purple and yellow flowers and benches. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Indy Pride: 7 proud moments that stood out at the parade," 9 June 2018 Photo: Greg Kindred There are various types of exclamation-point anxiety. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "The Tyranny of the Exclamation Point Is Causing Email and Text Anxiety," 13 Aug. 2018 Most of the marks Nye makes in her works are the visual equivalent of exclamations — involuntary bursts that begin in excitement and make rational analysis pale by comparison. David Pagel, latimes.com, "Laurie Nye paints her way to Venus. You can join the ride," 16 May 2018 Even as fans blurted out their own congratulatory exclamations, the pit crew remained somewhat subdued. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "Kyle Busch celebrates 'dream come true' at 600, eclipses Earnhardt, Petty ... everyone | Charlotte Observer," 28 May 2018 The sorrow of his passing mingles with the desire for a New New Journalism that can some how channel the exclamation-point beauty — ZAP!!– of Wolfe’s glorious prose into the not-so-cynical poetry of a better America. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "Tom Wolfe gave us the best words about modern America … and the cynicism to watch it fail | Will Bunch," 17 May 2018 Both offered a similarly sweet and tart jolt that acted as an exclamation mark to start the parade of 12 or more dishes ($335, service included). Michael Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "Atelier Crenn: SF’s newest 4-star restaurant," 29 June 2018 That’s a lot worse — and well deserving of an exclamation mark. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Before there was ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ . . .," 28 June 2018 But Trump’s simple exclamation belies the complex divisions and revelations within the decision. Tessa Berenson, Time, "What Does the Supreme Court’s Ruling on the Travel Ban Really Say?," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of exclamation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of exclamation was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of exclamation

: a sharp or sudden cry : a word, phrase, or sound that expresses a strong emotion


ex·​cla·​ma·​tion | \ ˌek-sklə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce exclamation (audio) \

Kids Definition of exclamation

: a sharp or sudden cry or expression of strong feeling

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a shady place in a garden or forest

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