Monday, January 21, 2013
allocution noun [al-uh-KYOO-shuhn] A formal speech, especially one of an incontrovertible or hortatory nature.
Definitions for allocution
- A formal speech, especially one of an incontrovertible or hortatory nature.
- A pronouncement delivered by the pope to a secret consistory, especially on a matter of policy or of general importance.
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Citations for allocution
The little crowd, with some ironical cheers and hootings, nevertheless felt the force of Madame Fribsby's vigorous allocution, and retreated before her…
Towards midday, the abbé Pirard took leave of his pupils, not without first delivering a severe allocution.
Origin of allocution
Allocution stems from the Latin root alloquī which meant to "to speak, address." The suffix -ion forms nouns from stems, as in the words communion and opinion.