per·​o·​rate ˈper-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce perorate (audio)
 also  ˈpər-
perorated; perorating

intransitive verb

: to deliver a long or grandiloquent oration
: to make a peroration

Examples of perorate in a Sentence

an arrogant scholar who never passes up an opportunity to posture and perorate on stunningly unimportant matters
Recent Examples on the Web As a black spiritual hums on the soundtrack, Hooded Justice perorates about the legacy of being the victim—not the complicit or recruited perpetrator—of violence: My mama played the piano right over there. Namwali Serpell, The New York Review of Books, 24 Mar. 2020

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Word History


Latin peroratus, past participle of perorare to declaim at length, wind up an oration, from per- through + orare to speak — more at per-, oration

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of perorate was in 1603

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Cite this Entry

“Perorate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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