exclamation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n exclamation an exclamatory rhetorical device "O tempore! O mores"
    • n exclamation an abrupt excited utterance "she gave an exclamation of delight","there was much exclaiming over it"
    • n exclamation a loud complaint or protest or reproach
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The only English place that has a name that ends with an exclamation mark is "Westward Ho!"
    • Exclamation A loud calling or crying out; outcry; loud or emphatic utterance; vehement vociferation; clamor; that which is cried out, as an expression of feeling; sudden expression of sound or words indicative of emotion, as in surprise, pain, grief, joy, anger, etc. "Exclamations against abuses in the church.""Thus will I drown your exclamations .""A festive exclamation not unsuited to the occasion."
    • Exclamation (Print) A mark or sign by which outcry or emphatic utterance is marked; thus [!]; -- called also exclamation point.
    • Exclamation (Rhet) A word expressing outcry; an interjection; a word expressing passion, as wonder, fear, or grief.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n exclamation The act of exclaiming; an ejaculatory expression of surprise, admiration, pain, anger, dissent, or the like; an emphatic or clamorous outcry.
    • n exclamation That which is uttered with emphasis or passion; a vehement speech or saying.
    • n exclamation The mark or sign in writing and printing (!) by which emphatic utterance or interjectional force is indicated: usually called exclamation mark or -point, and formerly note of admiration. See ecphoneme.
    • n exclamation In grammar, a word expressing outcry; an interjection; a word expressing some passion, as wonder, fear, or grief.
    • n exclamation In rhet, same as ecphonesis, 1.
    • n exclamation In the Gr. Ch., same as ecphonesis, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Exclamation vehement utterance: outcry: an uttered expression of surprise, and the like: the mark expressing this (!): an interjection
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Quotations

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    “Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”
  • Mistinguett
    Mistinguett
    “A kiss can be a comma, a question mark or an exclamation point. That's basic spelling that every woman ought to know.”
  • Thomas Hardy
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    “Ethelberta breathed a sort of exclamation, not right out, but stealthily, like a parson's damn.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. exclamatio,: cf. F. exclamation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. exclamer—L. exclamāre, -ātumex, out, clamāre, to shout.

Usage

In literature:

He started, and uttered an exclamation of alarm.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Then, quite suddenly, a harsh exclamation broke from him.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
She had a difficulty in repressing an exclamation.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Estelle's eyes were full of tears as she uttered exclamations of delight and surprise.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
The Uncas rose as a high wave swept by; and the officer, who had the glass to his eye, gave an eager exclamation.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
Robert looked up with a joyful exclamation when he had finished the letter.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
But as the boys left the edge of the sea-wall Rob uttered an exclamation.
"The Young Alaskans" by Emerson Hough
He was interrupted by an exclamation of delight from the searcher.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
With an exclamation, Orme seized the steering-wheel and swung it over to the right.
"The Girl and The Bill" by Bannister Merwin
She first heard an exclamation from Kara.
"The Girl Scouts in Beechwood Forest" by Margaret Vandercook
Scarcely a mile distant Jack uttered an exclamation, and, running forward, caught up the severed end of the telegraph line.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
An exclamation to belay a rope without rendering it.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The men broke into exclamations of regret.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
He uttered a joyous exclamation.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
Dalrymple uttered an exclamation of surprise and incredulity.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
An exclamation of surprise escaped his lips as he rounded the point from which the rows of dome-like igloos could be seen.
"Panther Eye" by Roy J. Snell
An exclamation of surprise burst from both.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
He stopped short with a little exclamation of surprise.
"Anna the Adventuress" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
At that moment both Rathburn and Lamy gave vent to low exclamations.
"The Coyote" by James Roberts
He withdrew it almost instantly, giving vent to a sharp exclamation.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
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In poetry:

This exclamation once was made
By one who had obtained the name
Of young forgetful Adelaide:
And while she spoke, lo! Memory came.—
"Memory" by Charles Lamb
And some one said from out the throng,
"Are all here who have conquered wrong?"
He was a seer;
And voices from all generations,
Sent forth in loudest exclamation:
"We are all here."
"Time—Eternity. The Saint's Departure." by Frank Barbour Coffin
Our great divines, perhaps, are right--
"Whatever must, will come to light."
Nor could a sight surprize them more,
Than seam, where seam ne'er was before.
Their exclamations rose apace--
"The Jealous Head" by William Hutton
Diminishes, and God knows what is there.
A point of exclamation marks that sky
In ringing orange like a stellar carrot.
Its round period, displaced and green,
Suspends beside it the first point, the starting
"The Ghost's Leavetaking" by Sylvia Plath
You do not wonder at Napoleon's exclamation
As he stood on the deck of the "Bellerophon," in a fit of admiration,
When the vessel was lying to windbound,
He exclaimed - "Oh, what a beautiful country!" his joy was profound.
"Beautiful Torquay" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The passage of Hurricane Sandy put a soggy exclamation point on an already wet October in Berks County, pushing last month to third place on the list of wettest Octobers.
The area is called Antelope Flats, which tells you right off that it's out West, where "farm" should be written in all caps, maybe with an exclamation point: FARM.
Upon hearing his exclamation, Lamb testified, she looked up and saw Abel's dump truck veer into the Lethal Wrecker 's path.
The Town of Priceville is putting an exclamation point on its 16th annual Priceville Cruise-In for the first time this year.
The Pee Wee A team's players and coaches of the Dorchester Youth Hockey league put an exclamation point on an outstanding (32-1-1) season on Sunday by beating a Springfield squad to win the state championship in their division.
A Smooth-Jazz Standard-Bearer Offers Soft Exclamations.
Playing at Olentangy High School, the action started out slow then gradually picked up steam and ended with an exclamation point on the final play.
INDIANAPOLIS — Jimmie Johnson stamped another exclamation point on his racing résumé, winning his fourth career Brickyard 400 with a dominant drive at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.
The CLO Cabaret puts an exclamation point on relationships with "You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up".
The soul singer, some leopard print, and a lot of exclamation points.
Aggies look to put exclamation point on historic season at Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
The Best of Finn the Human's Exclamations from 'Adventure Time.
It's a compilation of Finn the Human's nonsensical exclamations from the TV show 'Adventure Time,' courtesy of the folks at Slacktory.
Framingham Schools tills a half-football-field-sized patch that puts an exclamation point on its fresh food message.
The meet began with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay and ended with an exclamation point, a state record in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
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In science:

Comments can be marked by an asterisk (*) in the first column or by an exclamation mark (!) anywhere in a line.
A common scheme for running NLO ep event generators
God knows I do not like exclamation points. I generally prefer AngloSaxon understatement to the exalted declarations of the Slavic soul.
Review of "Knots" by Alexei Sossinsky, Harvard University Press, 2002, ISBN 0-674-00944-4
Yet I had to restrain myself from putting two exclamation points instead of just one at the end of the previous section.
Review of "Knots" by Alexei Sossinsky, Harvard University Press, 2002, ISBN 0-674-00944-4
Documents are chunked at the dot, exclamation and question mark signs.
Improving Update Summarization by Revisiting the MMR Criterion
Documents are chunked at the dot, exclamation and question mark signs.
Beyond Stemming and Lemmatization: Ultra-stemming to Improve Automatic Text Summarization
Documents are chunked at the period, exclamation and question mark.
Artex is AnotheR TEXt summarizer
Ingvar would think they ought to know. (Note: The exclamation point after 60 indicates astonishment, not “factorial” - even Ingvar has his limitations.) The question posed in the title may be short, but it does not have a snappy answer.
What is the Force between Electrons?
Utterances types which do not correspond to one of the conventional sentence moods as described above typically consist of a (sequences of ) phrases (multiple PPs or multiple NPs), polite thanking and greeting utterances and typically short forms like confirmations, negations, interjections and exclamations.
A Machine Learning Approach to the Classification of Dialogue Utterances
The kind of utterances belonging to the CON type (negation markers also belong to this class), THA type, EXC type (which also contains exclamatives and interjections) and GRE type should be obvious.
A Machine Learning Approach to the Classification of Dialogue Utterances
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