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[per-uh-rey-shuh n] /ˌpɛr əˈreɪ ʃən/
a long speech characterized by lofty and often pompous language.
Rhetoric. the concluding part of a speech or discourse, in which the speaker or writer recapitulates the principal points and urges them with greater earnestness and force.
Origin of peroration
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin perōrātiōn- (stem of perōrātiō) the closing of a speech. See perorate, -ion
Related forms
perorational, perorative, adjective
[puh-rawr-uh-tawr-i-kuh l, -ror-uh-tor-] /pəˌrɔr əˈtɔr ɪ kəl, -ˌrɒr əˈtɒr-/ (Show IPA),
peroratorically, adverb
[puh-rawr-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -ror-] /pəˈrɔr əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -ˈrɒr-/ (Show IPA),
Can be confused
oration, peroration. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for peroration
Historical Examples
  • The peroration was magnificent, though difficult to remember, you know.

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  • You may parody the great statesman's peroration, and say, 'Where the King cannot enter, he can.'

    The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Charles James Lever
  • "—For the defence of the country," the Judge concluded his peroration.

    Shoulder-Straps Henry Morford
  • He felt anew what he had felt and seen, and he could not give any verve to the peroration of his sermon.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • When I began to listen to the speech again Gorman had reached his peroration.

    Gossamer George A. Birmingham
  • His arm remained extended aloft as if to sustain his peroration.

  • I can only give some few sentences taken at haphazard from the peroration.

    The Pools of Silence H. de Vere Stacpoole
  • Ravished by the vision, he proceeded to write and rewrite the peroration.

    A Modern Idyll Frank Harris
  • It is his notion of freedom, and at once the exordium and peroration of his eloquence.

  • And three shots served as peroration to this energetic answer.

    The Trapper's Daughter Gustave Aimard
British Dictionary definitions for peroration


(rhetoric) the conclusion of a speech or discourse, in which points made previously are summed up or recapitulated, esp with greater emphasis
Word Origin
C15: from Latin perōrātiō, from perōrāre, from per- (thoroughly) + orāre to speak
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for peroration

mid-15c., from Latin perorationem (nominative peroratio) "the ending of a speech or argument of a case," from past participle stem of perorare "argue a case to the end, bring a speech to a close," from per- "to the end" (see per) + orare "to speak, plead" (see orator).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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