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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Examples of exclamation point in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was replaced by Pierce Charleson, who allowed five goals on 37 shots, starting with an exclamation point from one of the four Michigan sophomores to miss nearly a month while playing in the Olympics in Beijing. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 6 Mar. 2022 Aguek Arop walked with his parents to loud cheers, including an entire row of students who spelled out his name on bare chests and T-Shirts (complete with an exclamation point). Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Mar. 2022 The Vikings grabbed the rebound and got the ball into the hands of Meeks, who ended the game with an exclamation point via a thunderous dunk. Jeff Vorva, chicagotribune.com, 26 Feb. 2022 With that exclamation point, the Chargers halted a two-game losing streak and are atop the AFC West at 5-3. Los Angeles Times, 8 Nov. 2021 Perhaps the biggest question marks on the dance floor were answered with an exclamation point. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 21 Sep. 2021 The Van Ness and Market projects — the Hub, as planners call it — will be at the south end of the red stripe up Van Ness, like an exclamation point at the end of the avenue. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Nov. 2021 All of a sudden, the Giants’ biggest question mark is looking like an exclamation point. New York Times, 19 Sep. 2021 As Knight recalls, the opportunity came that night, a backflip providing an exclamation point to a Flying Squirrels victory. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, 8 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of exclamation point

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 May 2022

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“Exclamation point.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclamation%20point. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of exclamation point

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

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