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 Flockhart is also impressed with the precision of Albee’s text — the ellipses, the exclamation points, the capital letters, the detailed stage directions. Jessica Geltstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 In the past month, Vladimir Putin has put an exclamation mark on that point. University Of Houston Energy Fellows, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 Waddle reacted to the trade on his Twitter account, posting the emojis for three cheetahs (referencing Hill’s nickname) followed by five exclamation points. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 23 Mar. 2022 Where the 2017 posts were filled with Socratic questions, the later posts were more declarative and expository, with heavy use of exclamation points and words written in all capital letters. New York Times, 19 Feb. 2022 Whether with the definitiveness of a period, an emphatic exclamation, or an inconclusive ellipsis. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, 26 Aug. 2021 In the post's comments section, fellow Buffy alumna Emma Caulfield posted a series of red hearts and exclamation points. Dory Jackson, PEOPLE.com, 8 Feb. 2022 But studies suggest that the use of exclamation points can make the person come across as less professional. Avery Blank, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 No chapter is longer than 10 pages, and the tone is chatty, with Dettmer addressing you directly in the second person and using lots of exclamation points. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, 23 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of exclamation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 May 2022

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“Exclamation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclamation. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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