exclamation point


Definition of exclamation point

1 : a mark ! used especially after an interjection or exclamation to indicate forceful utterance or strong feeling
2 : a distinctive indication of major significance, interest, or contrast the game put an exclamation point on the season

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The 22-year-old center field prospect ended his stint Sunday with a three-homer game for the Canberra Cavalry, an exclamation point to what’s been a productive offseason for the former second-rounder. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres offseason leagues: Buddy Reed powering up Down Under," 15 Jan. 2018 The phrase is a question, but Gordon speaks in exclamation points. Chloe Malle, WSJ, "How Designer Wes Gordon is Reimagining Carolina Herrera for the Next Generation," 6 Dec. 2018 Ours came out rock solid on the perimeter with gooey, raw dough inside — a dreadful exclamation point capping a menu of mediocrity. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Restaurant Review: Detroit's Empire Kitchen & Cocktails has no clothes," 12 July 2018 The appeal of this book is, of course, the pictures, though there seems to be no chronological order of the pieces, and Fraver’s prose is sometimes marred by too many exclamation points. Toby Zinman, Philly.com, "Fraver's 'Five Decades' displays the great posters of a lifetime theater-lover," 28 June 2018 Minarets pierce the city's skyline like proud exclamation points, while the bell tower of the Catholic church soars over them. Rick Steves, miamiherald, "Here's a way to spice up a trip to Europe: Add a day trip to a neighboring country | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 In the Pelicans' 122-98 rout, Holiday provided a fitting exclamation point to his breakout campaign by scoring a game-high 23 points and added 7 assists and 3 rebounds as the Pelicans secured the No. Jeff Duncan, NOLA.com, ""Little big man" Jrue Holiday's stellar season helps lift Pelicans to playoffs," 12 Apr. 2018 My friends’ captions, loaded with exclamation points, hailed the budding fashion plate as their queen. Janet Mock, Marie Claire, "Zendaya Isn't Taking Center Stage—She's Making Room," 6 Aug. 2018 Elisabeth Röhm: The bed is the exclamation point in a bedroom, and this one had to be overstated. Abby Tabak, House Beautiful, "A Peek Inside the Bedroom of Actress Elisabeth Röhm," 17 Nov. 2011

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First Known Use of exclamation point

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of exclamation point

US : a punctuation mark ! used to show a forceful way of speaking or a strong feeling

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: a punctuation mark ! used to show force in speaking or strong feeling

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