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Thursday, February 02, 2012

Definitions for peroration

  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.

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Citations for peroration
Thus he apostrophised his house and race in terms of the most moving eloquence; but when it came to the peroration—and what is eloquence that lacks a peroration?—he fumbled. He would have liked to have ended with a flourish to the effect that he would follow in their footsteps and add another stone to their building. Virginia Woolf, Orlando: A Biography
This person always provides a dramatic peroration; it is expected of him and he seldom disappoints. Tamsour is the theme; and the substance is usually personal aggrandizement, sometimes a bit of self-pity, but never apologies for past misdeeds, real or imaginary. Jack Vance, Night Lamp
Origin of peroration
late Middle English
1400-1450
Peroration comes from the Latin word perōrātiōn which meant "a closing speech."