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noun Rhetoric.
  1. the use of an exclamatory phrase, as in “O tempore! O mores!”
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Origin of ecphonesis

1580–90; < Greek ekphṓnēsis, equivalent to ekphonē-, variant stem of ekphōneîn to cry out (see ec-, -phone) + -sis -sis
Also called exclamation.
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