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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But the right-hander punched out Mike Yastrzemski and Alex Dickerson to end the fifth, then whiffed Evan Longoria to end the sixth and put an exclamation point on his scoreless performance. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Rockies use clutch start by Jon Gray, David Dahl’s long ball to beat Giants in series opener," 24 June 2019 The absence of an exclamation point can send some recipients into a tizzy. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "The Tyranny of the Exclamation Point Is Causing Email and Text Anxiety," 13 Aug. 2018 Don't get the wrong impression, though; there's an exclamation point in the show's title for a reason. Dan Singer, Dallas News, "Dallas playwright Brigham Mosley gets musical, dragged-up and personal in his latest one-man show," 7 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of exclamation point

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of exclamation point was in 1824

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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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