peroration

noun per·o·ra·tion \ ˌper-ə-ˈrā-shən also ˌpər- \

Definition of peroration

1 : the concluding part of a discourse and especially an oration
2 : a highly rhetorical speech

perorational

play \ˌper-ə-ˈrā-shnəl, ˌpər-, -shə-nᵊl\ adjective

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Examples of peroration in a Sentence

  1. We sat through a lengthy peroration on the evils of the government's policies.

  2. gave an eloquent peroration celebrating the nation's long tradition of religious tolerance and pluralism

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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


PERORATION Defined for English Language Learners

peroration

noun

Definition of peroration for English Language Learners

  • : the last part of a speech

  • : a long and dull speech



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