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Webster 1913 Edition


Peroration

Perˊo-ra′tion

,
Noun.
[L.
peroratio
, fr.
perorate
,
peroratum
, to speak from beginning to end;
per
+
orate
to speak. See
Per-
, and
Oration
.]
(Rhet.)
The concluding part of an oration; especially, a final summing up and enforcement of an argument.
Burke.

Webster 1828 Edition


Peroration

PERORA'TION

,
Noun.
[L. peroratio, from peroro; per and oro, to pray.]
The concluding part of an oration, in which the speaker recapitulates the principal points of his discourse or argument, and urges them with greater earnestness and force,with a view to make a deep impression on his hearers.

Definition 2022


peroration

peroration

English

Noun

peroration (plural perorations)

  1. The concluding section of a discourse, either written or oral, in which the orator or writer sums up and commends his topic to his audience, particularly as used in the technical sense of a component of ancient Roman oratorical delivery.
    • 1946, Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy, I.20:
      This passage is virtually the peroration of the Ethics; the few paragraphs that follow are concerned with the transition to politics.
    • 1978, Lawrence Durrell, Livia, Faber & Faber 1992 (Avignon Quintet), page 480:
      The young man achieved perfect timing, for the last word of his peroration coincided with the muffled clap of the doors closing, after having launched the coffin onto the rails of a subterranean railway.
  2. A discourse or rhetorical argument in general.
    • c. 1598, William Shakespeare, King Henry VI Part II, act 1, scene 1:
      Nephew, what means this passionate discourse,
      This peroration with such circumstance?

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