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[ek-skluh-mey-shuh n] /ˌɛk skləˈmeɪ ʃən/
the act of exclaiming; outcry; loud complaint or protest:
The speech was continually interrupted by rude exclamations.
an interjection.
Rhetoric. ecphonesis.
Origin of exclamation
1350-1400; Middle English exclamacio(u)n < Latin exclāmātiōn- (stem of exclāmātiō) a calling out, equivalent to exclāmāt(us) (past participle of exclāmāre; see exclaim) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
exclamational, adjective
1. cry, ejaculation, vociferation. Unabridged
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  • Here a surprise was ready for them, that drew an exclamation from each, the instant the sight broke upon him.

    The Crater James Fenimore Cooper
  • There was a babel of rejoicing and exclamation; but it was to Billy that the doctor had turned.

    Teddy: Her Book Anna Chapin Ray
  • It seems oddly to affect him, calling forth an exclamation, which shows he is dissatisfied with the sound.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • A suppressed groan accompanied the exclamation, and my heart ached for him.

    Margaret Tudor Annie T. Colcock
  • Walter Espec uttered an exclamation of horror, and, without another word, sank back on his pillow.

    The Boy Crusaders John G. Edgar
British Dictionary definitions for exclamation


an abrupt, emphatic, or excited cry or utterance; interjection; ejaculation
the act of exclaiming
Derived Forms
exclamational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for exclamation

late 14c., from Middle French exclamation, from Latin exclamationem (nominative exclamatio), noun of action from past participle stem of exclamare "cry out loud" (see exclaim).

The punctuation symbol known as the exclamation point (1824) or exclamation mark (1926) was earliest called an exclamation note or note of exclamation (1650s), earlier note of admiration (1610s). Another name for it was shriek-mark (1864).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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