One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Speak at length.‘he reportedly would perorate against his colleague’
make a speech, give an address, give a talk, give a lecture, make an oration, deliver a sermon, give a sermonView synonyms
- ‘He flew there, perorated on regional television and at work collectives, and forced the authorities to back down.’
- ‘He may or may not have perorated against alchemy and witchcraft… we kind of zoned out at the quotation mark.’
- 1.1archaic Sum up and conclude a speech.‘the following innocent conclusion with which she perorates’speak at length, talk at length, speak, talk, go on, sound offView synonyms
Early 17th century: from Latin perorat- ‘spoken at length’, from the verb perorare, from per- ‘through’ + orare ‘speak’.
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