[al-uh-kyoo-shuh n]


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. 2019

Related Words for allocution

speech, oration, address, lecture, lesson, talk, prelection

Examples from the Web for allocution

Historical Examples of allocution

  • To this allocution the parliament replied with all servility.

  • 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.

  • What the effect of this allocution would have been, unsupported by favouring circumstances, it is difficult to say.

    Count Frontenac

    William Dawson LeSueur

British Dictionary definitions for allocution



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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