exclamation

[ek-skluh-mey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act of exclaiming; outcry; loud complaint or protest: The speech was continually interrupted by rude exclamations.
2.
an interjection.
3.
Rhetoric, ecphonesis.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English exclamacio(u)n < Latin exclāmātiōn- (stem of exclāmātiō) a calling out, equivalent to exclāmāt(us) (past participle of exclāmāre; see exclaim) + -iōn- -ion

exclamational, adjective


1. cry, ejaculation, vociferation.
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exclamation (ˌɛkskləˈmeɪʃən)
 
n
1.  an abrupt, emphatic, or excited cry or utterance; interjection; ejaculation
2.  the act of exclaiming
 
excla'mational
 
adj

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exclamation
late 14c., from O.Fr. exclamation, from L. exclamationem, from exclamatus, pp. of exclamare "cry out loud" (see exclaim). The punctuation symbol known as the exclamation point (1841) or exclamation mark (1926) was earliest called an exclamation note (1650s).
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Example sentences
In other words, may is in, exclamation marks are out.
Your overuse of the exclamation point is annoying and draws attention away from
  your statements.
Some students replied with exclamation points in their email messages.
It was the period to the other photographs' exclamation point.
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