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[ek-skluh-mey-shuh n] /ˌɛk skləˈmeɪ ʃən/
the act of exclaiming; outcry; loud complaint or protest:
The speech was continually interrupted by rude exclamations.
an interjection.
Rhetoric, ecphonesis.
Origin of exclamation
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
Related forms
exclamational, adjective
1. cry, ejaculation, vociferation. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for exclamation
  • 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.
  • Use upright perennials such as gerbera, golden marguerite, and snapdragon for exclamation points of color.
  • Check marks, asterisks, and exclamation points rain down along the sidelines.
  • Yahoo's exclamation point is surely trademarked so omitted here.
  • Her eyes are wide, and her madcap stories full of exclamation points.
  • So little knowledge of the world around you and so much ignorance in such a sweeping statement with three exclamation marks.
  • There is no gray exclamation mark as the song files are still here.
British Dictionary definitions for exclamation


an abrupt, emphatic, or excited cry or utterance; interjection; ejaculation
the act of exclaiming
Derived Forms
exclamational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for exclamation

late 14c., from Middle French exclamation, from Latin exclamationem (nominative exclamatio), noun of action from past participle stem of exclamare "cry out loud" (see exclaim).

The punctuation symbol known as the exclamation point (1824) or exclamation mark (1926) was earliest called an exclamation note or note of exclamation (1650s), earlier note of admiration (1610s). Another name for it was shriek-mark (1864).

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