Definition of peroration in English:


Syllabification: per·o·ra·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌperəˈrāSHən


  • The concluding part of a speech, typically intended to inspire enthusiasm in the audience.
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    • He concludes a short peroration on someone's misdemeanor (never mind who; the cause of wrongdoing is universal).
    • This able book, as anxious for an effective peroration as any sermon, contains truths unwelcome to Christian readers, but it omits relevant evidence.
    • After reading it I put it aside, deeply troubled as I was by the haunting resonance of its peroration, which so moved the audience.


late Middle English: from Latin peroratio(n-), from perorare 'speak at length' (see perorate).

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