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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
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[el-uh-kyoo-shuh-ner-ee] /ˌɛl əˈkyu ʃəˌnɛr i/ (Show IPA),
elocutionist, noun Unabridged
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  • No year of college life should pass without contributing materially towards the elocutionary equipment of the future preacher.

  • He's so highly satisfied with his elocutionary graces that he thinks he has nothing more to learn.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
  • He must have studied the subject a great deal, when you come to think of it, because he assumed an "elocutionary" attitude.

    Acres of Diamonds Russell H. Conwell
  • As she traveled she left in her wake a pyrotechnic display of elocutionary denunciation.

  • Mr. Opp abruptly descended from his elocutionary flight, and asked to be excused for a few moments.

    Mr. Opp Alice Hegan Rice
  • He explained afterward that elocutionary effort taxes the strength severely, and makes hearty eating a necessity.

    The Young Musician Horatio Alger
  • As he stood in that elocutionary attitude, friends, this is just the way that speech went.

    Acres of Diamonds Russell H. Conwell
  • Such elements lay there behind a substantial barrier of conventional stage machinery and elocutionary scaffolding.

  • It shows that you are taking a deep interest in the game, and it makes the other players admire your elocutionary powers.

  • Mr. Neidlinger builds his songs upon one393 guiding principle, that is, faithfulness to elocutionary accent and intonation.

British Dictionary definitions for elocutionary


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 elocutionary



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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