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[ik-sklam-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪkˈsklæm əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
using, containing, or expressing exclamation:
an exclamatory sentence.
pertaining to exclamation.
Origin of exclamatory
1585-95; < Latin exclāmāt(us) called out (see exclamation) + -ory1
Related forms
exclamatorily, adverb
nonexclamatory, adjective Unabridged
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  • This exclamatory phrase is almost a shriek; despair sweeping through her soul, as she thinks of why she is there shut up.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • An exclamatory remark to a green hand, meaning that two are enough.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • From a momentary silence the dancers broke into chuckles, amused laughter, a buzz of exclamatory conversation.

    Poor Man's Rock Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Winnie S. was loaded to the guards with exclamatory explanations.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It is an exclamatory grunt, which may be partially expressed by the letters "a-e-ugh."

    Saunterings Charles Dudley Warner
  • I quite excited Monsieur Voisin by my exclamatory entrance.'

    Against Odds Lawrence L. Lynch
  • An exclamatory sentence expresses surprise, grief, or some other emotion in the form of an exclamation or cry.

  • At the end of every sentence unless interrogative or exclamatory.

    Punctuation Frederick W. Hamilton
  • The word in an exclamatory sentence which expresses strong emotion is followed by an exclamation point.

    Plain English Marian Wharton
British Dictionary definitions for exclamatory


/ɪkˈsklæmətərɪ; -trɪ/
using, containing, or relating to exclamations
Derived Forms
exclamatorily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for exclamatory

1590s, from Latin exclamat-, past participle stem of exclamare (see exclaim) + -ory.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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