Word of the Day

Monday, January 21, 2013

allocution

\al-uh-KYOO-shuhn\ , noun;
1.
A formal speech, especially one of an incontrovertible or hortatory nature.
2.
A pronouncement delivered by the pope to a secret consistory, especially on a matter of policy or of general importance.
Quotes:
The little crowd, with some ironical cheers and hootings, nevertheless felt the force of Madame Fribsby's vigorous allocution, and retreated before her…
-- William Makepeace Thackeray, The History of Pendennis
Towards midday, the abbé Pirard took leave of his pupils, not without first delivering a severe allocution.
-- Stendhal, The Red and the Black
Origin:
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.
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