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[ak-luh-mey-shuh n] /ˌæk ləˈmeɪ ʃən/
a loud shout or other demonstration of welcome, goodwill, or approval.
act of acclaiming.
Liturgy. a brief responsive chant in antiphonal singing.
Ecclesiastical. response (def 3a).
by acclamation, by an oral vote, often unanimous, expressing approval by shouts, hand-clapping, etc., rather than by formal ballot.
Origin of acclamation
1535-45; < Latin acclāmātiōn- (stem of acclāmātiō) a shouting, equivalent to acclāmāt(us) (past participle of acclāmāre; see acclaim, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
[uh-klam-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /əˈklæm əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
reacclamation, noun
Can be confused
acclamation, acclimation. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for acclamation
Historical Examples
  • And we shall see if the Chamber won't absolve me by acclamation.

  • I ought to reprove this acclamation—but this once I let it pass.

  • An acclamation, merry laughter, affectionate clapping of hands greeted them.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • It spread into a roar of acclamation; for bluff is a weapon dear to every adventurer.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • She received the acclamation of all the writers of her time.

    Italy, the Magic Land Lilian Whiting
  • Then Legaspi continued his journey to Manila, and was received there with acclamation.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • It was voted by acclamation, that Hippopotamus was agreeable to the company.

  • The announcement of the marriage was received with acclamation and clapping of hands.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • But the country was tired of the war, and the treaty was hailed with acclamation.

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    Harry A. Lewis
  • His Royal Highness was received by the troops with delight and acclamation.


    John French, Viscount of Ypres
British Dictionary definitions for acclamation


an enthusiastic reception or exhibition of welcome, approval, etc
an expression of approval by a meeting or gathering through shouts or applause
(Canadian) an instance of electing or being elected without opposition: there were two acclamations in the 1985 election
by acclamation
  1. by an overwhelming majority without a ballot
  2. (Canadian) (of an election or electoral victory) without opposition: he won by acclamation
Derived Forms
acclamatory (əˈklæmətərɪ; -trɪ) adjective
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Word Origin and History for acclamation

1540s, from Latin acclamationem (nominative acclamatio) "a calling, exclamation, shout of approval," noun of action from past participle stem of acclamare "shout approval or disapproval of, cry out at," from ad- "toward" (see ad-) + clamare "cry out" (see claim (v.)). As a method of voting en masse, by 1801, probably from the French Revolution.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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