[ al-uh-kyoo-shuhn ]
/ ˌæl əˈkyu ʃən /


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

1605–15; <Latin allocūtiōn- (stem of allocūtiō), equivalent to allocūt(us), past participle of alloquī to speak to, address (al-al- + locū- speak + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn--ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for allocution

/ (ˌæləˈkjuːʃən) /


rhetoric a formal or authoritative speech or address, esp one that advises, informs, or exhorts

Word Origin for allocution

C17: from Late Latin allocūtiō, from Latin alloquī to address, from loquī to speak
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