per·​o·​ra·​tion | \ ˌper-ə-ˈrā-shən also ˌpər- How to pronounce peroration (audio) \

Definition of peroration

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

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Other Words from peroration

perorational \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈrā-​shnəl How to pronounce perorational (audio) , ˌpər-​ , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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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 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, "Renewing Bond With the N.R.A., Trump Appeals for Help in the Midterms," 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, "Make State of the Union speeches more useful," 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, "'They Come for My Rights in the Morning, They Will Come for Yours in the Afternoon.'," 15 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of peroration

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for peroration

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

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English Language Learners Definition of peroration

: the last part of a speech
disapproving : a long and dull speech

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not being in agreement or harmony

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