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elocution

[el-uh-kyoo-shuh n]
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noun
  1. a person's manner of speaking or reading aloud in public: The actor's elocution is faultless.
  2. the study and practice of oral delivery, including the control of both voice and gesture.
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Origin of elocution

1500–10; < Latin ēlocūtiōn- (stem of ēlocūtiō) a speaking out, equivalent to ē- e-1 + locūtiōn- locution
Related formsel·o·cu·tion·ar·y [el-uh-kyoo-shuh-ner-ee] /ˌɛl əˈkyu ʃəˌnɛr i/, adjectiveel·o·cu·tion·ist, noun
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Related Words

enunciationeloquencerhetoricoratorydictionlocutiondeclamationdeliverypronunciationspeechutterancereadingexpressiondramatic

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  • Lafontaine had conviction and self-assurance, but his elocution was very bad for poetry.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • I told her I was about to lecture and was on my way to take lessons in elocution.

  • I'll furnish the elocution if you'll bring the bombs and guns!

    Rippling Rhymes

    Walt Mason

  • I had not seen Francis Ardry since the day I had seen him taking lessons in elocution.

    Lavengro

    George Borrow

  • There was no oratory about it, in the ordinary sense of that word; no graces of elocution.


British Dictionary definitions for elocution

elocution

noun
  1. the art of public speaking, esp of voice production, delivery, and gesture
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Derived Formselocutionary, adjectiveelocutionist, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin ēlocūtiō a speaking out, from ēloquī, from loquī to speak
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Word Origin and History for elocution

n.

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).

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