peroration

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n peroration (rhetoric) the concluding section of an oration "he summarized his main points in his peroration"
    • n peroration a flowery and highly rhetorical oration
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Peroration (Rhet) The concluding part of an oration; especially, a final summing up and enforcement of an argument.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n peroration The concluding part of an oration, in which the speaker recapitulates the principal points of his discourse or argument, and urges them with greater earnestness and force, with a view to make a deep impression on his hearers; hence, the conclusion of a speech, however constructed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Peroration per-ō-rā′shun the conclusion of a speech, usually summing up the points and enforcing the argument
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. peroratio, fr. perorate, peroratum, to speak from beginning to end; per + orate, to speak. See Per-, and Oration
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. peroratioperorāre, to bring a speech to an end—per, through, orāre, to speak—os, oris, the mouth.

Usage

In literature:

The lawyer winds up his speech in a hurried peroration.
"The Man in Court" by Frederic DeWitt Wells
The orator, now swelling into his peroration, was forgotten.
"The Soldier of the Valley" by Nelson Lloyd
Brougham wrote the peroration of his speech in defense of Queen Caroline nineteen times.
"A Man for the Ages" by Irving Bacheller
Every student can cite a dozen instances of such unwarranted and unworthy responses to skilful perverted perorations.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton
Finally, he gave some historical notes, and closed with a peroration.
"The Repair Of Casa Grande Ruin, Arizona, in 1891" by Cosmos Mindeleff
She pondered the problem, while the Canon approached, gloriously, his peroration.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
Fragments of the peroration reached her through the front door.
"Short Cruises" by W. W. Jacobs
Cut out the introduction and the peroration, and stop before you get to secondly.
"Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son" by George Horace Lorimer
Ravished by the vision, he proceeded to write and rewrite the peroration.
"A Modern Idyll" by Frank Harris
The old man in a long peroration explained all he and his people felt.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
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