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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Often these dresses have been scattered in ones or twos through pink, orange, or blue-hued collections, a refreshing pause – or maybe a pointed exclamation mark – amidst other, softer colours. Rosalind Jana, refinery29.com, "The Subversive Allure Of A Good Green Dress," 28 Jan. 2020 Of course the animal’s name, Bei Bei, pronounced BAY BAY, seems so close to those words of farewell, BYE BYE, as well as the exclamation BAY BEE, as to elicit many poignant suggestions for the traveler. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "National Zoo solicits mix tape suggestions for Bei Bei’s long flight to China," 16 Nov. 2019 Aho completed the hat trick and put an exclamation mark on the Wild’s unproductive power play, scoring a shorthanded, empty-net goal with 1:21 remaining. Peter Koutroumpis / Special To The Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "Wild win streak ends in 6-2 loss to Hurricanes," 7 Dec. 2019 Indiana Indiana took back the Old Oaken Bucket with a 44-41 double-overtime victory against Purdue to put an exclamation mark on the Hoosiers' best regular season in 26 years. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Winners and losers from Week 14 in college football led by Ohio State, Michigan, Auburn," 2 Dec. 2019 Amanda’s former Last Man Standing co-star Molly Ephraim, who played middle daughter Mandy, replied to Amanda’s birth announcement with a series of exclamation marks. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Star Amanda Fuller Gave Birth to Her First Baby," 30 Nov. 2019 Sawayama is as enthusiastic about calling out this bad behavior as the exclamation mark at the end of the track’s title. Alex Blynn, Billboard, "Rina Sawayama Needs Straight White Guys to 'STFU!' in Fiery New Video: Watch," 21 Nov. 2019 And the tough guy making the sign of the cross during one of our dips in the air that late night and early morning in the severe-thunderstorm-watch high winds seemed like an exclamation mark on this point. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "Seeing the Light of Christ in the Midst of all the Noise — and Evil," 4 Nov. 2019 Receiver Juwan Johnson’s career night put an exclamation mark on Oregon’s demolition of the Trojans. oregonlive, "Willie Taggart had the same problems at Oregon that got him fired at FSU: Issues & Answers," 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of exclamation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Feb 2020

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“Exclamation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclamation. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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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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