• synonyms


[per-uh-rey-shuh n]
See more synonyms for peroration on Thesaurus.com
  1. a long speech characterized by lofty and often pompous language.
  2. 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.
Show More

Origin of peroration

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin perōrātiōn- (stem of perōrātiō) the closing of a speech. See perorate, -ion
Related formsper·o·ra·tion·al, per·o·ra·tive, adjectiveper·or·a·tor·i·cal [puh-rawr-uh-tawr-i-kuh l, -ror-uh-tor-] /pəˌrɔr əˈtɔr ɪ kəl, -ˌrɒr əˈtɒr-/, adjectiveper·or·a·tor·i·cal·ly, adverbper·or·a·to·ry [puh-rawr-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -ror-] /pəˈrɔr əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -ˈrɒr-/, noun
Can be confusedoration peroration
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for peroration

farewell, windup, lecture, pronouncement, assertion, summation, postscript, coda, denouement, climax, conclusion, dissertation, homily, exhortation, harangue, descant, recitation, declamation, spiel, discourse

Examples from the Web for peroration

Historical Examples of peroration

  • 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.'

  • "—For the defence of the country," the Judge concluded his peroration.


    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.


    George A. Birmingham

British Dictionary definitions for peroration


  1. rhetoric the conclusion of a speech or discourse, in which points made previously are summed up or recapitulated, esp with greater emphasis
Show More

Word Origin for peroration

C15: from Latin perōrātiō, from perōrāre, from per- (thoroughly) + orāre to speak
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper