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: to deliver a long or grandiloquent oration
: to make a peroration
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declaim, discourse, harangue, mouth (off), orate
1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1
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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