Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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; hence, the conclusion of a speech, however constructed.

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

  • noun (Rhet.) The concluding part of an oration; especially, a final summing up and enforcement of an argument.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.
  • noun A discourse or rhetorical argument in general.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (rhetoric) the concluding section of an oration
  • noun a flowery and highly rhetorical oration

Etymologies

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Adopted from the Latin perōrō ("I speak at length, I conclude a speech") +‎ -ation (“action (nominalizer)”), from Latin -ātiō; from per- ("very") + ōrō ("I speak, I orate") (English orate).

Examples

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  • "It was not for this, however, that the countries of Europe and North America gathered up their skirts and walked out of Ahmadinejad's peroration. The UK's ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Peter Gooderham, rather gave the game away when he said afterwards: 'As soon as President Ahmadinejad started talking about Israel, that was the cue for us to walk out. We agreed in advance that if there was any such rhetoric there would be no tolerance for it.' The Iranian leader, he went on to say, was guilty of anti-Semitisim. Just how you can accuse a man of anti-Semitisim when you haven't stayed to hear him talk is one of those questions which the Foreign Office no doubt trains its diplomats to explain."

    - Adrian Hamilton, Walking out on Ahmadinejad was just plain childish, independent.co.uk, 23 April 2009.

    April 24, 2009