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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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 This passage is the green light for murdering dissidents (again, with an exclamation point). Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Trump’s Khashoggi statement is a green light for murder," 20 Nov. 2018 Once the news broke, Twitter went into a frenzy of exclamation points and virtual jumps for joy: DC is developing a batwoman show!!!! Danny Murphy, Seventeen, "New Show "Batwoman" Features An Openly Lesbian Main Character and We're HERE For It," 23 July 2018 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

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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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Kids Definition of exclamation point

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

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to deny responsibility for

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