- a formal speech, especially one of an incontrovertible or hortatory nature.
- a pronouncement delivered by the pope to a secret consistory, especially on a matter of policy or of general importance.
Origin of allocution
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Examples from the Web for allocution
To this allocution the parliament replied with all servility.History of the Rise of the Huguenots
After that allocution, no one, not even a sub-lieutenant, had the courage to empty his glass.El Verdugo
Honore de Balzac
This allocution, pronounced by advocate Desmarais with every appearance of great tenderness, moved the people.
He began with an allocution pitched in a tone that would have justified revolt throughout empires.A Diversity of Creatures
What the effect of this allocution would have been, unsupported by favouring circumstances, it is difficult to say.Count Frontenac
William Dawson LeSueur
- rhetoric a formal or authoritative speech or address, esp one that advises, informs, or exhorts
C17: from Late Latin allocūtiō, from Latin alloquī to address, from loquī to speak
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