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gesticulation

[je-stik-yuh-ley-shuh n] /dʒɛˌstɪk yəˈleɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of gesticulating.
2.
an animated or excited gesture.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin gesticulātiōn- (stem of gesticulātiō). See gesticulate, -ion
Related forms
overgesticulation, noun
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  • When articulation is impossible, gesticulation comes to the rescue.
  • The opening storm scene is over-the-top gesticulation under beautiful directorial control.
  • The pacing, the celebrating and gesticulation were priceless.
  • Suddenly the committeemen and officers on top of the automobile began to discuss something with great heat and much gesticulation.
  • And when you cross the border between them, his turbocharged gesticulation subsides.
British Dictionary definitions for gesticulation

gesticulation

/dʒɛˌstɪkjʊˈleɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of gesticulating
2.
an animated or expressive gesture
Derived Forms
gesticulatory, adjective
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Word Origin and History for gesticulation
n.

early 15c., from Latin gesticulationem (nominative gesticulatio), noun of action from past participle stem of gesticulari "to gesture, mimic," from gesticulus "a mimicking gesture," diminutive of gestus (see gest).

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