exclamation mark

exclamation mark
noun /ˌeks.kləˈmeɪ.ʃənˌmɑːk/
Punctuation mark “!” (used to denote excitement, surprise or shock).

The excessive use of exclamation marks devaluates their effect, but is typical of concise genres such as cartoons, not reference works!

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  • exclamation mark — (N. Amer. exclamation point) ► NOUN ▪ a punctuation mark (!) indicating an exclamation …   English terms dictionary

  • exclamation mark — exclamation marks N COUNT An exclamation mark is the sign ! which is used in writing to show that a word, phrase, or sentence is an exclamation. [BRIT] (in AM, use exclamation point) …   English dictionary

  • exclamation mark — In ordinary writing, the exclamation mark (!) should be used sparingly, and in particular should not be used to add a spurious sense of drama or sensation to writing that is otherwise undramatic or unsensational, or to signal the humorous intent… …   Modern English usage

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  • exclamation mark — noun a punctuation mark (!) used after an exclamation • Syn: ↑exclamation point • Hypernyms: ↑punctuation, ↑punctuation mark * * * noun see exclamation point * * * exclamation mark UK US …   Useful english dictionary

  • exclamation mark — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms exclamation mark : singular exclamation mark plural exclamation marks the mark ! used in writing to show that someone says something suddenly and loudly because they are surprised, impressed, angry etc …   English dictionary

  • exclamation mark — /ɛkskləˈmeɪʃən ˌmak/ (say ekskluh mayshuhn .mahk) noun 1. a punctuation mark (!) used after an exclamation. 2. British a road sign bearing a symbol resembling this mark, placed to give advance warning of some hazard. Also, exclamation point …   Australian English dictionary

  • exclamation mark — (N. Amer. exclamation point) noun a punctuation mark (!) indicating an exclamation …   English new terms dictionary

  • exclamation mark — n. punctuation mark used after an interjection or exclamation to indicate emphasis (!) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • exclamation mark — BrE exclamation point AmE noun (C) the mark ! that you write after a sentence or word that expresses surprise, anger, or excitement …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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