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[ih-nuhn-see-ey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. an act or manner of enunciating.
  2. utterance or pronunciation.
  3. a formal announcement or statement: the enunciation of a doctrine.
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Origin of enunciation

First recorded in 1545–55, enunciation is from the Latin word ēnūntiātiōn- (stem of ēnūntiātiō). See enunciate, -ion
Related formsnon·e·nun·ci·a·tion, nounre·e·nun·ci·a·tion, noun
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Historical Examples

  • His enunciation would have been almost totally unintelligible to a stranger.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • Her carriage is excellent, and her enunciation is perfectly clear.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Above all things, let the enunciation of every word be clear and distinct.

    The Liberty Minstrel

    George W. Clark

  • The Philadelphian is quite as marked in tone and enunciation.

  • What was the slight peculiarity of her enunciation, when she read?

    Elsie Venner

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


Word Origin and History for enunciation

n.

1550s, "declaration," from Latin enuntiationem (nominative enuntiatio) "enunciation, declaration," noun of action from past participle stem of enuntiare (see enunciate). Meaning "articulation of words" is from 1750.

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