- to speak at length; make a long, usually grandiloquent speech.
- to bring a speech to a close with a formal conclusion.
Origin of perorate
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Examples from the Web for perorate
Men of letters who were men of sense would have smiled and let Perrault perorate.Popular Tales
- to speak at length, esp in a formal manner
- to conclude a speech or sum up, esp with a formal recapitulation
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Word Origin and History for perorate
c.1600, back-formation from peroration, or else from Latin peroratus, past participle of perorare. Related: Perorated; perorating.
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