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exclamation point

the sign (!) used in writing after an exclamation.
this mark sometimes used in writing two or more times in succession to indicate intensity of emotion, loudness, etc.:
Long live the Queen!!
this mark sometimes used without accompanying words in writing direct discourse to indicate a speaker's dumbfounded astonishment:
“His wife just gave birth to quintuplets.”(!)
Also called exclamation mark.
Origin of exclamation point
1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The word in an exclamatory sentence which expresses strong emotion is followed by an exclamation point.

    Plain English Marian Wharton
  • My four days in Philadelphia have just been one exclamation point after another!

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • I have set down an exclamation point to cover the possibility of such a thing.

    A Man of Honor George Cary Eggleston
  • Page 137, changed question mark to exclamation point after "If he could only forget that horrid girl!"

    The Shadow of a Sin Bertha M. Clay
  • I know I've not honored you with so much as an exclamation point since my very first out-of-doors entry.

    Mavis of Green Hill Faith Baldwin
exclamation point in Culture

exclamation point definition

A punctuation mark (!) used after an abrupt and emphatic statement or after a command: “‘Help!’ he cried, as his boat floated toward the edge of Niagara Falls.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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exclamation point in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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