- a person's manner of speaking or reading aloud in public: The actor's elocution is faultless.
- the study and practice of oral delivery, including the control of both voice and gesture.
Origin of elocution
Related Words for elocutionenunciation, eloquence, rhetoric, oratory, diction, locution, declamation, delivery, pronunciation, speech, utterance, reading, expression, dramatic
Examples from the Web for elocution
Contemporary Examples of elocution
He throws every fiber of his being into each performance, altering his posture, elocution, temperament, and more.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’
January 6, 2015
And Robert De Niro's Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull wasn't exactly the king of elocution.Mumbling Wins Oscars!
March 3, 2010
Historical Examples of elocution
Lafontaine had conviction and self-assurance, but his elocution was very bad for poetry.My Double Life
I told her I was about to lecture and was on my way to take lessons in elocution.The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol 2 (of 2)
I'll furnish the elocution if you'll bring the bombs and guns!Rippling Rhymes
I had not seen Francis Ardry since the day I had seen him taking lessons in elocution.Lavengro
There was no oratory about it, in the ordinary sense of that word; no graces of elocution.Captains of Industry
- the art of public speaking, esp of voice production, delivery, and gesture
Word Origin for elocution
mid-15c., from Late Latin elocutionem (nominative elocutio) "voice production, manner of expression," in classical Latin, "oratorical expression," noun of action from past participle stem of eloqui "speak out" (see eloquence).