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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. 2016.
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Historical Examples
  • Few whose eyes are turned upward toward the trees have failed to note that exclamation-point of growth, the Lombardy poplar.

    Getting Acquainted with the Trees J. Horace McFarland
  • An exclamation-point sometimes gives the same words quite another meaning.

    The Verbalist Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
  • An obelisk made an exclamation-point against the sky, or the ruins of a temple fretted the horizon.

    As Seen By Me Lilian Bell
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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