Origin of recitation
Examples from the Web for recitation
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|DAILY BEAST
Any list of his conspicuous qualities turns out to be a recitation of opposites.
The janitor took me to the recitation hall, opened the door, and left me.All the Days of My Life: An Autobiography|Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
After the recitation an interesting conversation took place.Jasmin: Barber, Poet, Philanthropist|Samuel Smiles
Add to it, if you will, at the close of the recitation, this earnest question: "Why not to-day?"Sunday-School Success|Amos R. Wells
But the effect of the recitation of “Palestine” was entirely unrivalled on that as on any other occasion.Pioneers and Founders|Charlotte Mary Yonge
He could not talk for a minute without throwing in a bit of a recitation and striking an attitude.Adventures of a Despatch Rider|W. H. L. Watson
British Dictionary definitions for recitation
Word Origin and History for recitation
late 15c., "act of detailing," from Old French récitation (14c.) and directly from Latin recitationem (nominative recitatio) "public reading, a reading aloud," noun of action from past participle stem of recitare (see recite). Meaning "act of repeating aloud" is from 1620s; that of "repetition of a prepared lesson" is first recorded 1770, American English.