perorate

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

Definition of perorate

intransitive verb

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

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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, "In the Time of Monsters," 24 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of perorate

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for perorate

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

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The first known use of perorate was in 1603

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27 Apr 2020

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“Perorate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perorate. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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