elocution

[ el-uh-kyoo-shuh n ]
/ ˌɛl əˈkyu ʃən /

noun

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

1500–10; < Latin ēlocūtiōn- (stem of ēlocūtiō) a speaking out, equivalent to ē- e-1 + locūtiōn- locution

Related forms

el·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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elocution

/ (ˌɛləˈkjuːʃən) /

noun

the art of public speaking, esp of voice production, delivery, and gesture

Derived Forms

elocutionary, adjectiveelocutionist, noun

Word Origin for elocution

C15: from Latin ēlocūtiō a speaking out, from ēloquī, from loquī to speak
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