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[per-uh-rey-shuh n] /ˌpɛr əˈreɪ ʃən/
a long speech characterized by lofty and often pompous language.
Rhetoric. the concluding part of a speech or discourse, in which the speaker or writer recapitulates the principal points and urges them with greater earnestness and force.
Origin of peroration
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin perōrātiōn- (stem of perōrātiō) the closing of a speech. See perorate, -ion
Related forms
perorational, perorative, adjective
[puh-rawr-uh-tawr-i-kuh l, -ror-uh-tor-] /pəˌrɔr əˈtɔr ɪ kəl, -ˌrɒr əˈtɒr-/ (Show IPA),
peroratorically, adverb
[puh-rawr-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -ror-] /pəˈrɔr əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -ˈrɒr-/ (Show IPA),
Can be confused
oration, peroration. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for peroration
  • And the long-awaited peroration of the finale is overwhelming.
  • He was not prone to extravagant gestures or loud peroration.
  • Mailer then delivered a five-minute peroration for himself, a short speech cauterizing with existential brilliance.
  • Permeating the entire peroration was a powerful sense of duty to his family.
  • His peroration was simply superb in matter and manner, and the whole house rose in long-sustained applause.
British Dictionary definitions for peroration


(rhetoric) the conclusion of a speech or discourse, in which points made previously are summed up or recapitulated, esp with greater emphasis
Word Origin
C15: from Latin perōrātiō, from perōrāre, from per- (thoroughly) + orāre to speak
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Word Origin and History for peroration

mid-15c., from Latin perorationem (nominative peroratio) "the ending of a speech or argument of a case," from past participle stem of perorare "argue a case to the end, bring a speech to a close," from per- "to the end" (see per) + orare "to speak, plead" (see orator).

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