peroration

If you attend a political convention, be prepared to hear a peroration — a long, lofty speech. If the speech really drags on, you might find yourself hoping for its peroration, as peroration can also refer to a speech's conclusion.

Peroration comes from the Latin root orare, meaning "to speak." This ancestry places peroration in the same word family as oration, meaning "a formal speech," and perorate, meaning "to speak at length." A peroration is usually a step above your run-of-the-mill speech, or even a typical oration, as it involves an extended spoken spectacle filled with elaborate and persuasive language.

DEFINITIONS OF: peroration

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n (rhetoric) the concluding section of an oration

“he summarized his main points in his peroration
Type of:
close, closing, conclusion, end, ending
the last section of a communication

n a flowery and highly rhetorical oration

Type of:
oration
an instance of oratory
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