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1. A cry; a sudden loud or emphatic utterance: Hey! Ouch!

2. A SENTENCE that conveys a strong emotion: Please leave me alone!

3. Also exclamatory sentence. A type of sentence, often verbless, that begins with what or how (followed by a noun phrase): What courage! What a meal that was! How marvellous! See EXCLAMATION MARK.


views updated May 21 2018

ex·cla·ma·tion / ˌekskləˈmāshən/ • n. a sudden cry or remark, esp. expressing surprise, anger, or pain: an exclamation of amazement.