[syn: ecphonesis, exclamation]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an abrupt excited utterance; "she gave an exclamation of
delight"; "there was much exclaiming over it" [syn:
2: a loud complaint or protest or reproach
3: an exclamatory rhetorical device; "O tempore! O mores" [syn:
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
45 Moby Thesaurus words for "exclamation":
Parthian shot, address, affirmation, allegation, answer,
apostrophe, assertion, averment, bellow, blurt, call, comment,
crack, cry, declaration, dictum, ecphonesis, ejaculation,
expletive, expression, greeting, holler, interjection, mention,
note, observation, outburst, outcry, phrase, position,
pronouncement, question, reflection, remark, say, saying, sentence,
shout, statement, subjoinder, thought, utterance, vociferation,