[per-uh-rey-shuh n]
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  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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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

Word Origin for peroration

C15: from Latin perōrātiō, from perōrāre, from per- (thoroughly) + orāre to speak
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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).

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