Hypertext Webster Gateway: "exclamation"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Exclamation \Ex`cla*ma"tion\, n. [L. exclamatio: cf. F.
1. A loud calling or crying out; outcry; loud or emphatic
utterance; vehement vociferation; clamor; that which is
cried out, as an expression of feeling; sudden expression
of sound or words indicative of emotion, as in surprise,
pain, grief, joy, anger, etc.

Exclamations against abuses in the church. --Hooker.

Thus will I drown your exclamations. --Shak.

A festive exclamation not unsuited to the occasion.

2. (Rhet.) A word expressing outcry; an interjection; a word
expressing passion, as wonder, fear, or grief.

3. (Print.) A mark or sign by which outcry or emphatic
utterance is marked; thus [!]; -- called also {exclamation

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: an abrupt excited utterance; "she gave an exclamation of
delight"; "there was much exclaiming over it" [syn: {exclaiming}]
2: an exclamatory rhetorical device; "O tempore! O mores" [syn:

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