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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 elocutionist
Historical Examples
  • Master the text, and consider the whole from an elocutionist's point of view before you attack the musical side of the matter.

    Advice to Singers Frederick James Crowest
  • Miss Carrie was an elocutionist and had even recited on the stage.

    Emmy Lou George Madden Martin
  • For the art of making your voice heard, I must refer you to an elocutionist.

    Women and the Alphabet Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • A woman with stringy hair and an elocutionist's mouth, grew dramatic as he passed.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
  • Miss Brown, the elocutionist, ranks as one of the finest in the country.

  • A young performer, vocalist or elocutionist, is often introduced at a luncheon.

    Social Life Maud C. Cooke
  • As an elocutionist, he is, without doubt, the first on the anti-slavery platform.

    Three Years in Europe William Wells Brown
  • An elocutionist of note read aloud one of the author's poems.

    John Greenleaf Whittier W. Sloane Kennedy
  • "Wal, I don't profess to be any elocutionist," Salters said.

    "Captains Courageous" Rudyard Kipling
  • He must get an elocutionist to give him lessons upon two or three points.

British Dictionary definitions for elocutionist


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



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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