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exclamation point

  1. the sign (!) used in writing after an exclamation.
  2. this mark sometimes used in writing two or more times in succession to indicate intensity of emotion, loudness, etc.: Long live the Queen!!
  3. this mark sometimes used without accompanying words in writing direct discourse to indicate a speaker's dumbfounded astonishment: “His wife just gave birth to quintuplets.”(!)
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Origin of exclamation point

First recorded in 1860–65
Also called exclamation mark.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for exclamation point

Historical Examples of exclamation point

  • An exclamation-point sometimes gives the same words quite another meaning.

    The Verbalist

    Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)

  • An obelisk made an exclamation-point against the sky, or the ruins of a temple fretted the horizon.

    As Seen By Me

    Lilian Bell

  • Few whose eyes are turned upward toward the trees have failed to note that exclamation-point of growth, the Lombardy poplar.

exclamation point in Culture

exclamation point

A punctuation mark (!) used after an abrupt and emphatic statement or after a command: “‘Help!’ he cried, as his boat floated toward the edge of Niagara Falls.”

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