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exclamation point

noun
1.
the sign (!) used in writing after an exclamation.
2.
this mark sometimes used in writing two or more times in succession to indicate intensity of emotion, loudness, etc.:
Long live the Queen!!
3.
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
1860-1865
1860-65
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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 http://foldoc.org
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