[per-uh-rey-shuh n]


a long speech characterized by lofty and often pompous language.
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.

Nearby words

  1. peronism,
  2. peronist,
  3. peronista,
  4. peroral,
  5. perorate,
  6. peroratory,
  7. perot, h. ross,
  8. perotin,
  9. perotinus,
  10. perovo

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for peroration



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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