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elocution

[el-uh-kyoo-shuh n] /ˌɛl əˈkyu ʃən/
noun
1.
a person's manner of speaking or reading aloud in public:
The actor's elocution is faultless.
2.
the study and practice of oral delivery, including the control of both voice and gesture.
Origin
1500-1510
1500-10; < Latin ēlocūtiōn- (stem of ēlocūtiō) a speaking out, equivalent to ē- e-1 + locūtiōn- locution
Related forms
elocutionary
[el-uh-kyoo-shuh-ner-ee] /ˌɛl əˈkyu ʃəˌnɛr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
elocutionist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for elocutionist

elocution

/ˌɛləˈkjuːʃən/
noun
1.
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 elocutionist

elocution

n.

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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