allocution

[ al-uh-kyoo-shuh n ]
/ ˌæl əˈkyu ʃən /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. allochromasia,
  2. allochromatic,
  3. allochthon,
  4. allochthonous,
  5. allocortex,
  6. allod,
  7. allodial,
  8. allodium,
  9. allodynia,
  10. alloerotism

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

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British Dictionary definitions for allocution

allocution

/ (ˌæləˈkjuːʃən) /

noun

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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