- 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
Examples from the Web for elocutionary
His sermon was eloquent and literary, and it was delivered with elocutionary power.The Christian
He had elocutionary gifts, had Mr. Allison, and flaunted them.The Sunset Trail
Alfred Henry Lewis
Their elocutionary powers are shown on the stage as well as the platform.Liberty In The Nineteenth Century
Frederic May Holland
Do not imagine for a moment that I advocate the neglect of elocutionary graces.The Young Priest's Keepsake
This elocutionary power was not gained without much care and diligent labor.Lives of Illustrious Shoemakers
William Edward Winks
- the art of public speaking, esp of voice production, delivery, and gesture
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).