Tuesday, December 09, 2008
elocution noun [el-uh-KYOO-shuhn] the art of speaking or reading clearly in public, including gestures, pronunciation, and tones
Definitions for elocution
- the art of speaking or reading clearly in public, including gestures, pronunciation, and tones
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Citations for elocution
No one knew her well but everyone admired her because of the beautiful way in which she recited the poetry she chose for the elocution lessons she gave in her spare time.
The reading textbooks of the common schools emphasized the importance of proper elocution and public speaking; they encouraged students to read out loud.
Origin of elocution
by 1509, from Late Latin elocutionem "voice production, manner of expression," in classical Latin it meant "oratorical expression," and referred to Roman rhetoricians, from eloqui "to speak out."