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[ak-luh-mey-shuh n] /ˌæk ləˈmeɪ ʃən/
a loud shout or other demonstration of welcome, goodwill, or approval.
act of acclaiming.
Liturgy. a brief responsive chant in antiphonal singing.
Ecclesiastical, response (def 3a).
by acclamation, by an oral vote, often unanimous, expressing approval by shouts, hand-clapping, etc., rather than by formal ballot.
Origin of acclamation
1535-45; < Latin acclāmātiōn- (stem of acclāmātiō) a shouting, equivalent to acclāmāt(us) (past participle of acclāmāre; see acclaim, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
[uh-klam-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /əˈklæm əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
reacclamation, noun
Can be confused
acclamation, acclimation. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for acclamation
  • The resolution was adopted, unanimously, by acclamation.
  • The convention then adopted by acclamation a resolution making it so.
  • The choicest offerings will receive acclamation in a follow-up post.
  • The nomination was made by acclamation after two ballots had been taken.
  • The resolution was adopted by roaring acclamation and the meeting adjourned.
  • Better a ribald verse circulated among friends than the public acclamation of princely authority in a royal masque.
  • All the countries of the world have elected me to do this job and this was by acclamation.
  • The candidates who were nominated to office were elected by acclamation, as there were no opposition candidates.
  • If there is a single nominee for an office, election shall be by acclamation.
  • Several unscheduled coffee stops were added to the program by popular acclamation.
British Dictionary definitions for acclamation


an enthusiastic reception or exhibition of welcome, approval, etc
an expression of approval by a meeting or gathering through shouts or applause
(Canadian) an instance of electing or being elected without opposition: there were two acclamations in the 1985 election
by acclamation
  1. by an overwhelming majority without a ballot
  2. (Canadian) (of an election or electoral victory) without opposition: he won by acclamation
Derived Forms
acclamatory (əˈklæmətərɪ; -trɪ) adjective
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Word Origin and History for acclamation

1540s, from Latin acclamationem (nominative acclamatio) "a calling, exclamation, shout of approval," noun of action from past participle stem of acclamare "shout approval or disapproval of, cry out at," from ad- "toward" (see ad-) + clamare "cry out" (see claim (v.)). As a method of voting en masse, by 1801, probably from the French Revolution.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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