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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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Examples from the web for gesticulations
  • The acting, however, is far too artificial and sometimes the poses and gesticulations of the players are quite absurd.
  • Or more precisely, a series of gesticulations of faith.
  • The timing of the scenes and the captions makes the gesticulations and expressions of the players seem occasionally rather tardy.
  • But it feels slight, and the whispered sounds and enigmatic gesticulations don't add up to much.
Word Origin and History for gesticulations

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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