[ pur-luh-kyoo-shuh-ner-ee ]
/ ˌpɜr ləˈkyu ʃəˌnɛr i /
adjective Philosophy, Linguistics.
(of a speech act) producing an effect upon the listener, as in persuading, frightening, amusing, or causing the listener to act.
Related formsper·lo·cu·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for perlocution
/ (ˌpɜːlɒˈkjuːʃən) /
philosophy the effect that someone has by uttering certain words, such as frightening a personAlso called: perlocutionary act Compare illocution
Derived Formsperlocutionary, adjective
Word Origin for perlocution
C16 (in the obsolete sense: the action of speaking): from Medieval or New Latin perlocūtiō; see per-, locution
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