Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In rhetoric, a figure which consists in the use of an exclamation, question, or other form of words used interjectionally to express some sudden emotion, such as joy, sorrow, fear, wonder, indignation, anger, or impatience. Also called exclamation.
  • noun In the Gr. Ch., one of those parts of the service which are said by the priest or officiant in an audible or elevated voice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Rhet.) An animated or passionate exclamation.

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  • noun rhetoric Exclamation.

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  • noun an exclamatory rhetorical device

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek ἐκφώνησις (ekphonesis, "pronunciation, exclamation")

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