ex-clam-a'-ti-o from Gk. ex, "out" and clamare, "to shout"

Most often exclamatio is simply the Latin term for ecphonesis (an emotional exclamation); however, it has also been used (as in the Ad Herennium) to indicate apostrophe.

Melanchthon places exclamatio among the figures of thought (See Figures of Speech and Thought).


O tempora! O mores! —Cicero

Sources: Ad Herennium 4.15.22; Melanch. IR c7v.

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