Definitions

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The concluding part of an oration; especially, a final summing up and enforcement of an argument.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

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). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • None of this, including Ledeen’s peroration, is what it seems.

    Ledeen and Chinese ‘Fascism’ « Antiwar.com Blog

  • Still, reasonably enough, he challenged Congress to do better and this and the peroration were the best parts of the speech.

    John Terry’s sacking as England captain tells us something interesting...

  • Although the topic was of particular moment only in tiny Floyd County, his peroration was the finest speech I have ever heard.

    Archive 2005-07-03

  • But the peroration is direct and personal.] 94 Hodie, Episcope, de me proposuisti.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • North, recalled the peroration of his father's reply to Hayne, and bitterly regretted that, when his eyes were turned to behold for the last time the sun in heaven, it had been his unhappy lot to "see him shining on the broken and dishonored fragments of a once glorious Union, on States dissevered, discordant, belligerent, on a land rent with internal feuds, and drenched [as then it was] with fraternal blood."

    The Bay State Monthly — Volume 1, No. 3, March, 1884

  • His peroration is a very fine piece of composition.

    Tales of St. Austin's

  • Tottenham Court Road; take it for granted that no one really cares about Æschylus; and so, with many amusing anecdotes and some profound reflections, reach the peroration, which is that, as he had been told not to see more in Cheapside than he could get into twelve pages of the Universal Review, he had better stop.

    The Common Reader

  • How much you will have to say to me about the Greeks, unless you begin first to abuse me about the _Romans_; and if you begin _that_, the peroration will be a very pathetic one, in my being turned out of your doors.

    The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2)

  • In an eloquent peroration, which is not more eloquent than it is instructive,

    Diderot and the Encyclopaedists

  • And if we turn to the end of the seventh, and note that it alone of all the twelve has nothing that can be called a peroration, but ends in an absolutely bald and businesslike manner, we are almost forced to conclude that this is because the peroration which it once had, as the climax of the work, was unsuitable for its new position and has been wholly removed.

    NPNF2-09. Hilary of Poitiers, John of Damascus

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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