American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To conclude a speech with a formal recapitulation.
- v. To speak at great length, often in a grandiloquent manner; declaim.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make a peroration; by extension, to make a speech, especially a grandiloquent one.
- v. intransitive To speak or declaim at great length, especially in a pompous or grandiloquent manner; to harangue.
- v. intransitive To make a peroration; to make a formal recapitulation at the end of a speech.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. colloq. To make a peroration; to harangue.
- v. deliver an oration in grandiloquent style
- v. conclude a speech with a formal recapitulation
- Latin perōrāre, perōrāt- : per-, per- + ōrāre, to speak. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This means there's a link between me and Richard Brinsley Sheridan and it's that both of us can perorate entertainingly on public issues at undue length.”
“We have seen legislators perorate, obfuscate, concilliate, mediate ....”
“Canalis, like many men accustomed to perorate, allowed to be too plainly seen.”
“You think it no evil to inflame a poor heart, and you perorate as warmly in your deliriums of love as the wretched lawyer who comes with red eyes from a suit he has lost.”
“And church and state pause in this made vortex of chaos to prate of the ills of pugilism; to legislate and perorate anent bloodless boxing bouts; to prosecute a brace of harmless pugs.”
“Men cannot for ever perorate, and agitate and plot.”
“Let him taste your irony; ply him with your keen incessant questions; and if you will, perorate with the mighty Zeus charioting his winged car through Heaven, and grudging if this fellow get not his deserts.”
“Reason is our guide and beacon-light; but when you have made a divinity of it, it will blind you and instigate you to crime," -- and he proceeded to develop his thesis, standing both feet in the kennel, as he had once been used to perorate, seated in one of Baron d'Holbach's gilt armchairs, which, as he was fond of saying, formed the basis of natural philosophy.”
“So little was he supposed to have spoken seriously that another, of whose ceasing to perorate there is no prospect, characterized his criticism in language so strong that it cannot well be repeated.”
“Even at last, even when they have exhausted all their ideas, even after the would-be peroration has finally refused to perorate, they remain upon their feet with their mouths open, waiting for some further inspiration, like Chaucer's widow's son in the dung-hole, after”
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