[ el-uh-kyoo-shuhn ]
/ ˌɛl əˈkyu ʃən /
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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.
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Origin of elocution
OTHER WORDS FROM elocutionel·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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How to use elocution in a sentence
Dum recited this poem with fervor and great elocutionary effects and simply convulsed the crowd.Vacation with the Tucker Twins|Nell Speed
No year of college life should pass without contributing materially towards the elocutionary equipment of the future preacher.
As an elocutionary—or, rather, as a dramatic—display, it was looked forward to with the liveliest curiosity.Charles Dickens as a Reader|Charles Kent
Do not imagine for a moment that I advocate the neglect of elocutionary graces.
There is no attempt to rouse the house by elocutionary climaxes or quick-stopping strides.
British Dictionary definitions for elocution
/ (ˌɛləˈkjuːʃən) /
the art of public speaking, esp of voice production, delivery, and gesture
Derived forms of elocutionelocutionary, adjectiveelocutionist, noun
Word Origin for elocution
C15: from Latin ēlocūtiō a speaking out, from ēloquī, from loquī to speak
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