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  • The concluding part of a speech, typically intended to inspire enthusiasm in the audience.

    ‘he again invoked the theme in an emotional peroration’
    • ‘He concludes a short peroration on someone's misdemeanor (never mind who; the cause of wrongdoing is universal).’
    • ‘This able book, as anxious for an effective peroration as any sermon, contains truths unwelcome to Christian readers, but it omits relevant evidence.’
    • ‘After reading it I put it aside, deeply troubled as I was by the haunting resonance of its peroration, which so moved the audience.’
    • ‘The latter can really, really stink if you're a minute into your peroration and you realize you're going to have to fake it, because you've already bored yourself.’
    • ‘The peroration was magnificent, though difficult to remember, you know.’
    • ‘In the meantime, expect a lengthy peroration on moving offices.’
    • ‘But the full peroration makes clear that this was not the case either.’
    • ‘He brings his peroration to a close at this point, the frogs lingering as an image of the sacred.’
    • ‘Then he concludes with this remarkable peroration.’
    • ‘Foucault has many perorations about the nature of power.’
    • ‘I see that you are expecting a peroration, but you are just too foolish if you suppose that after I have poured out a hodgepodge of words like this I can recall anything that I have said.’
    • ‘I found myself launching into a little peroration.’
    • ‘The playing is good enough, and the engineering is better, yet the final peroration does remind me of a rush hour traffic jam in New York City.’
    • ‘One moment he is in the middle of a peroration about horizons, and the next he is inexplicably talking about beautiful garbage cans.’
    • ‘The triumphant peroration at the end is almost hair-raising in its eminent sense of nationalism.’
    • ‘But his 1972 article was more forthcoming and the peroration at the end claimed that.’
    • ‘Next comes the protracted peroration on the rank of Duke versus the rank of Prince.’
    • ‘George's final chapters amount to an eloquent but protracted peroration, liberally laced with philosophical speculation.’
    • ‘The apotheosis of Scott's reception, however, is reached in this peroration.’
    • ‘Sometimes there's a climax, or a point of culmination, and usually the coda or peroration that ends the piece decisively.’
    closing remarks, conclusion, ending, close, final section, summation, summing-up, recapitulation, reiteration
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/ˌperəˈrāSHən/ /ˌpɛrəˈreɪʃən/


Late Middle English from Latin peroratio(n-), from perorare ‘speak at length’ (see perorate).