perorate

[ per-uh-reyt ]
/ ˈpɛr əˌreɪt /

verb (used without object), per·o·rat·ed, per·o·rat·ing.

to speak at length; make a long, usually grandiloquent speech.
to bring a speech to a close with a formal conclusion.

Origin of perorate

1595–1605; < Latin perōrātus past participle of perōrāre. See per-, orate
Related formsper·o·ra·tor, noun
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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.

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British Dictionary definitions for perorate

perorate

/ (ˈpɛrəˌreɪt) /

verb (intr)

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

perorate


v.

c.1600, back-formation from peroration, or else from Latin peroratus, past participle of perorare. Related: Perorated; perorating.

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