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Thursday, July 8

Perorate

[PAIR-ə-rayt]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: Latin, early 17th century

1.

(formal) Speak at length.

Examples of Perorate in a sentence

"The commencement speaker perorated for at least 40 minutes."

"The bride begged her father not to perorate at her wedding reception."

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About Perorate

This word stems from the Latin “perorat-”. This means “spoken at length,” from the verb “perorare.” “Per-” means “through,” and “orare” means “speak.”

Did you Know?

The word “perorate” contains an important clue about its definition — the word “orate.” Of course, to perorate is to drag your oration out for longer than necessary.

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