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[ak-luh-mey-shuh n]
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  1. a loud shout or other demonstration of welcome, goodwill, or approval.
  2. act of acclaiming.
  3. Liturgy. a brief responsive chant in antiphonal singing.
  4. Ecclesiastical. response(def 3a).
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  1. by acclamation, by an oral vote, often unanimous, expressing approval by shouts, hand-clapping, etc., rather than by formal ballot.
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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 formsac·clam·a·to·ry [uh-klam-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /əˈklæm əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivere·ac·cla·ma·tion, noun
Can be confusedacclamation acclimation
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Related Words for acclamation

salutation, ovation, acclaim, applause, jubilation, adulation, hand, cheering, cheer, approbation, plaudits, tribute, honor, cheers, laudation

Examples from the Web for acclamation

Historical Examples of acclamation

  • And we shall see if the Chamber won't absolve me by acclamation.

    The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete

    Emile Zola

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

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


    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

British Dictionary definitions for acclamation


  1. an enthusiastic reception or exhibition of welcome, approval, etc
  2. an expression of approval by a meeting or gathering through shouts or applause
  3. Canadian an instance of electing or being elected without oppositionthere were two acclamations in the 1985 election
  4. by acclamation
    1. by an overwhelming majority without a ballot
    2. Canadian(of an election or electoral victory) without oppositionhe won by acclamation
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Derived Formsacclamatory (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.

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