Definition of peroration
1 : the concluding part of a discourse and especially an oration
2 : a highly rhetorical speech
perorationalplay \ˌper-ə-ˈrā-shnəl, ˌpər-, -shə-nəl\ adjective
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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
Middle English peroracyon, from Latin peroration-, peroratio, from perorare
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
PERORATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of peroration for English Language Learners
: the last part of a speech
: a long and dull speech
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