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[el-uh-kyoo-shuh n] /ˌɛl əˈkyu ʃən/
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
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[el-uh-kyoo-shuh-ner-ee] /ˌɛl əˈkyu ʃəˌnɛr i/ (Show IPA),
elocutionist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for elocution
  • Every once in a while one experiences a film so perfect in its elocution that it is not forgotten.
  • But the practice of stage representation reduces everything to a controversy of elocution.
  • It was in this home that she taught elocution lessons and debating techniques to the neighborhood children.
British Dictionary definitions for elocution


the art of public speaking, esp of voice production, delivery, and gesture
Derived Forms
elocutionary, adjective
elocutionist, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin ēlocūtiō a speaking out, from ēloquī, from loquī to speak
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Word Origin and History for elocution

mid-15c., from Late Latin elocutionem (nominative elocutio) "voice production, manner of expression," in classical Latin, "oratorical expression," noun of action from past participle stem of eloqui "speak out" (see eloquence).

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