[ ek-skluh-mey-shuhn ]
/ ˌɛk skləˈmeɪ ʃən /


the act of exclaiming; outcry; loud complaint or protest: The speech was continually interrupted by rude exclamations.
an interjection.
Rhetoric. ecphonesis.

Nearby words

  1. excitor nerve,
  2. excitoreflex nerve,
  3. excl.,
  4. exclaim,
  5. exclam.,
  6. exclamation mark,
  7. exclamation point,
  8. exclamatory,
  9. exclaustration,
  10. exclave

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 formsex·cla·ma·tion·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for exclamation


/ (ˌɛkskləˈmeɪʃən) /


an abrupt, emphatic, or excited cry or utterance; interjection; ejaculation
the act of exclaiming
Derived Formsexclamational, 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).

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