Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To conclude a speech with a formal recapitulation.
  • intransitive v. To speak at great length, often in a grandiloquent manner; declaim.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To speak or declaim at great length, especially in a pompous or grandiloquent manner; to harangue.
  • v. To make a peroration; to make a formal recapitulation at the end of a speech.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To make a peroration; to harangue.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a peroration; by extension, to make a speech, especially a grandiloquent one.

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

  • v. deliver an oration in grandiloquent style
  • v. conclude a speech with a formal recapitulation

Etymologies

Latin perōrāre, perōrāt- : per-, per- + ōrāre, to speak.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • 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.

    gillpolack: Today I've been looking into how currenc

  • We have seen legislators perorate, obfuscate, concilliate, mediate ....

    In The Eye of the Hurricane

  • Canalis, like many men accustomed to perorate, allowed to be too plainly seen.

    Modeste Mignon

  • 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.

    The French Immortals Series — Complete

  • 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.

    The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 12

  • Men cannot for ever perorate, and agitate and plot.

    The Life of Napoleon I (Volume 1 of 2)

  • 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.

    Works of Lucian of Samosata — Volume 01

  • "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.

    Dieux ont soif. English

  • 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.

    Lost Leaders

  • 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

    Lay Morals

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