ex·​clam·​a·​to·​ry | \ ik-ˈskla-mə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce exclamatory (audio) \

Definition of exclamatory

: containing, expressing, using, or relating to exclamation an exclamatory phrase

Examples of exclamatory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His tlayuda mastery began as a backyard project around 2010 and, spurred by the exclamatory reaction of friends, grew into a catering side gig by 2012. Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 Were this a Western film, Toey would be exclamatory, insistent, while Nohng might cry or look away, blushing, as music swells in the background. The New Yorker, 10 Jan. 2022 These were signature moves, a star making exclamatory punctuation of his being, carrying himself in cursive. New York Times, 7 Jan. 2022 Even the exclamation point in the title, a tactic sometimes employed by Aleichem for more obviously exclamatory purposes, has the ring of a press release. Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2021 What remains of the forest takes place in the exclamatory mode. Forrest Gander, The New Yorker, 5 Apr. 2021 The exclamatory marketing epitomizes the desire of folks to post filtered photos of themselves on social media, connecting with millions who craze this basic connection to some semblance of the art world. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2021 The president confirmed the news in an exclamatory tweet on Sunday afternoon. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2020 According to corporate canon, the slogan is exclamatory, but that does the line reading a disservice. Mac Schwerin, The Atlantic, 24 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of exclamatory

1593, in the meaning defined above

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“Exclamatory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclamatory. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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ex·​clam·​a·​to·​ry | \ ik-ˈsklam-ə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce exclamatory (audio) \

Kids Definition of exclamatory

: containing or using exclamation exclamatory outbursts

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