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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
Did You Know?
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."
Origin and Etymology of peroration
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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