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[el-uh-kyoo-shuh n] /ˌɛl əˈkyu ʃən/
a person's manner of speaking or reading aloud in public:
The actor's elocution is faultless.
the study and practice of oral delivery, including the control of both voice and gesture.
Origin of elocution
1500-10; < Latin ēlocūtiōn- (stem of ēlocūtiō) a speaking out, equivalent to ē- e-1 + locūtiōn- locution
Related forms
[el-uh-kyoo-shuh-ner-ee] /ˌɛl əˈkyu ʃəˌnɛr i/ (Show IPA),
elocutionist, noun Unabridged
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  • Lafontaine had conviction and self-assurance, but his elocution was very bad for poetry.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • I told her I was about to lecture and was on my way to take lessons in elocution.

  • I'll furnish the elocution if you'll bring the bombs and guns!

    Rippling Rhymes

    Walt Mason
  • I had not seen Francis Ardry since the day I had seen him taking lessons in elocution.

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • There was no oratory about it, in the ordinary sense of that word; no graces of elocution.

    Captains of Industry James Parton
  • Prince Vasili himself, famed for his elocution, was to read it.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • elocution masters had said certainly not; but they had done him no good.

    What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I hated "elocution" drill in class, I relied on "inspiration."

British Dictionary definitions for elocution


the art of public speaking, esp of voice production, delivery, and gesture
Derived Forms
elocutionary, adjective
elocutionist, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin ēlocūtiō a speaking out, from ēloquī, from loquī to speak
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Word Origin and History for elocution

mid-15c., from Late Latin elocutionem (nominative elocutio) "voice production, manner of expression," in classical Latin, "oratorical expression," noun of action from past participle stem of eloqui "speak out" (see eloquence).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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