ex·​cla·​ma·​tion | \ ˌek-sklə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce exclamation (audio) \

Definition of exclamation

1 : a sharp or sudden utterance
2 : vehement expression of protest or complaint

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Examples of exclamation in a Sentence

Her unexpected announcement caused a few exclamations of surprise. the good news was greeted with a chorus of joyous exclamations
Recent Examples on the Web There are odd pauses, atonal noises, and the hosts have a question-and-answer patter going that invariably results in a not-quite-credible exclamation, providing clear signposts for the listener to heed a particular moment of revelation. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Other Latif and the Radiolab Problem," 26 Mar. 2020 References to the bleakness of the current social order don’t take the tone of jarring exclamations, though. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "One Way the New L Word Is Deeply Modern," 15 Dec. 2019 When the 60 seconds come to an end, the 30 or so class participants allow their labored breath to turn into a happy release of verbal exclamations. al, "Local cycling studio builds community through fitness," 6 Jan. 2020 Thug is also a master of the art of taking mono-syllabic exclamations and turning them into nonverbal rhythmic signatures. John Adamian, courant.com, "Young Thug and Machine Gun Kelly at Xfinity in Hartford," 4 Oct. 2019 My Roy Cohn?, whose title is borrowed from Donald Trump’s reported exclamation after finding his then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions insufficiently loyal and ruthless. David Klion, The New Republic, "Covering For Roy Cohn," 18 Sep. 2019 His proper name would become a common noun, a contemptible exclamation and novel profanity. Jack Hitt, Washington Post, "P.T. Barnum, the showman and grifter who held up a funhouse mirror to America," 18 Oct. 2019 The orchestra’s music director, Osmo Vanska, directed the sound more toward introspection than exclamation, emphasizing intimacy and beauty where others might seek to seize attention by more blunt means. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Classical review: Minnesota Orchestra captivates with intimacy and beauty in season opener," 19 Sep. 2019 Often these dresses have been scattered in ones or twos through pink, orange, or blue-hued collections, a refreshing pause – or maybe a pointed exclamation mark – amidst other, softer colours. Rosalind Jana, refinery29.com, "The Subversive Allure Of A Good Green Dress," 28 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of exclamation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of exclamation was in the 14th century

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30 Mar 2020

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“Exclamation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclamation. Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of exclamation

: a sharp or sudden cry : a word, phrase, or sound that expresses a strong emotion


ex·​cla·​ma·​tion | \ ˌek-sklə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce exclamation (audio) \

Kids Definition of exclamation

: a sharp or sudden cry or expression of strong feeling

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