per·​o·​ra·​tion ˌper-ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce peroration (audio)
 also  ˌpər-
: the concluding part of a discourse and especially an oration
: a highly rhetorical speech
ˌper-ə-ˈrā-shnəl How to pronounce peroration (audio)

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As you may have already guessed, "peroration" is a relative of "oration." Both words ultimately derive from the Latin orare, meaning "to speak" or "to plead." The direct ancestor of "peroration" is the Latin verb perorare, meaning "to declaim at length or "to wind up an oration." "Perorare," in turn, comes from the combination of "per-" ("through") and "orare." The English language also has the verb "perorate," which means "to deliver a long or grandiloquent speech" or "to offer a concluding part of a speech."

Examples of peroration in a Sentence

We sat through a lengthy peroration on the evils of the government's policies. gave an eloquent peroration celebrating the nation's long tradition of religious tolerance and pluralism
Recent Examples on the Web And yet virtually nobody credited Putin with savvy for his initial peroration on Russia's ancient history. Melik Kaylan, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 In the second of the two movements, Noseda kept the rhythms and tempo largely straightforward, with little Romantic push-and-pull, creating an appealing, plain-spoken rhetoric that, nevertheless, left the music wanting peroration. Matthew Guerrieri, Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2020 Bezos rallies the public with passionate peroration and convincing command of detail. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, 10 Oct. 2019 The president’s wintertime inconstancy was a matter of little concern to attendees in Dallas, who enthusiastically cheered Mr. Trump’s perorations on subjects ranging from North Korean peace talks to his vote tally in the Electoral College. Alexander Burns, New York Times, 4 May 2018 Reagan said more in his average 35-minute remarks than Bill Clinton ever did in his average 75-minute perorations. Andrew Malcolm, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Feb. 2018 Pastor Goff, after joking that all the famous visitors had eaten up his preaching time, brought the theme into his peroration. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, 15 Aug. 2016 See More

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Word History


Middle English peroracyon, from Latin peroration-, peroratio, from perorare

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of peroration was in the 15th century


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“Peroration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the last part of a speech
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