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exclamation

[ek-skluh-mey-shuh n] /ˌɛk skləˈmeɪ ʃən/
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
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
Synonyms
1. cry, ejaculation, vociferation.
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British Dictionary definitions for exclamational

exclamation

/ˌɛkskləˈmeɪʃən/
noun
1.
an abrupt, emphatic, or excited cry or utterance; interjection; ejaculation
2.
the act of exclaiming
Derived Forms
exclamational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for exclamational

exclamation

n.

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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