oral response by a pupil or pupils to a teacher on a prepared lesson.
a period of classroom instruction.
an elocutionary delivery of a piece of poetry or prose, without the text, before an audience.
a piece so delivered or for such delivery.
- non·rec·i·ta·tion, noun
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How to use recitation in a sentence
Malfunction includes an especially goofy moment of early-’00s awards-show banter in which he repeatedly responds to a recitation of her accomplishments by drooling over how “fine” she is.The Strange Shortsightedness of Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson | Judy Berman | November 19, 2021 | Time
It’s basically a recitation of rumors with little to nothing in the way of substantiation.Christopher Steele is talking now. Here’s the big hole in his defense of himself. | Aaron Blake | October 18, 2021 | Washington Post
Try to ask someone what they watched on television last night and you’ll get a recitation of shows, but as sure as there were shows, there was advertising.
Poindexter followed with a recitation of the Iran program filled with deliberate inaccuracies.How the Reagan White House Bungled Its Response to Iran-Contra Revelations | Malcolm Byrne | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Any list of his conspicuous qualities turns out to be a recitation of opposites.
He then went through a scornful recitation of all the things he could do if he wanted to settle for cheap laughs.The Stacks: The Inimitable Albert Brooks Caught at the Dawn of His Movie Career | Paul Slansky | April 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Moreover, this racial recitation is not done as a neutral or factual explanation as to why Baby Girl is considered Cherokee.Close Call for Native American Rights in Ruling on Baby Girl | Marcia Zug | June 26, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The word Qur’ān means recitation, coming from the root q-r-‘, which means primarily to recite or declaim and then to read.Mohammad Was Not a Womanizer, and Other Common Misconceptions About Islam Debunked | Olga M. Davidson | September 13, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
He gasped a few times, then, gathering strength again, went on with that horrible spasmodic recitation.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
The second grammar class had been relieved from a recitation by this confab, and somehow Perry had a subduing influence.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
I believe I can pick out all these playwrights by a reference to their recitation papers.The Girls of Central High on the Stage | Gertrude W. Morrison
Jess told what she had heard at the door of the recitation room that afternoon, and they laughed over it.The Girls of Central High on the Stage | Gertrude W. Morrison
Mr. Purcell never noticed her out of the recitation room—Mr. Read was more lofty—Josephine more contemptuous than ever.Alone | Marion Harland
British Dictionary definitions for recitation
the act of reciting from memory, or a formal reading of verse before an audience
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