peroration

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

Definition of peroration

  1. 1 :  the concluding part of a discourse and especially an oration

  2. 2 :  a highly rhetorical speech

perorational

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

peroration was our Word of the Day on 11/08/2006. Hear the podcast!

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

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

play
noun

Definition of peroration for English Language Learners

  • : the last part of a speech

  • : a long and dull speech



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up peroration? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

the weight of a container

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!