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 comments are all exclamation points and fire emojis. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Marshmello Announces 'Fly' Coming Friday," 7 Mar. 2018 To put an exclamation point on that humane gesture, Wentz refused to accept an Eagles fan’s offer of his first-class seat on the flight home. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "I wanted Carson Wentz to go to the White House to teach Trump about leadership | Will Bunch," 5 June 2018 As an exclamation point, Pruitt made the announcement last year to to a gathering of coal miners in eastern Kentucky. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "7 ways Scott Pruitt's legacy at EPA will live on," 6 July 2018 Pellucid reported — with an exclamation point — that 71 million fewer rounds were played in 2017 than in 2000. Tod Leonard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Golf course closures say less about sport, more about a difficult business," 3 July 2018 Spark!Fishers with an exclamation point in the middle to denote new excitement. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Speed-eating on menu at Spark!Fishers holiday weekend bash," 28 June 2018 The strong vertical of a verbasicum or foxglove will act as an exclamation point. Amy Merrick, WSJ, "5 Lessons From the Punk Rockers of Gardening," 26 Apr. 2018 The question marks have become exclamation points, fueling some to say this is Dantonio’s most talented roster in his decade-plus in East Lansing. Jamie Samuelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football or Michigan State, who is better? It's an easy call," 10 July 2018 The band harmonizes with him, adding a sort of exclamation point. Mackenzie Cummings-grady, Billboard, "The Record Company Reflect On Their Childhood in 'The Movie Song': Exclusive Premiere," 31 May 2018

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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

: 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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