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elocution

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noun el·o·cu·tion \ˌe-lə-ˈkyü-shən\

Simple Definition of elocution

  • : the study of how to speak clearly and in a way that is effective and socially acceptable

Full Definition of elocution

  1. 1 :  a style of speaking especially in public

  2. 2 :  the art of effective public speaking

el·o·cu·tion·ary play \-shə-ˌner-ē\ adjective
el·o·cu·tion·ist play \-sh(ə-)nist\ noun

Examples of elocution

  1. He took lessons in elocution.

  2. <the oft-told story that he practiced elocution by learning to speak with a mouth full of pebbles>



Origin of elocution

Middle English elocucioun, from Latin elocution-, elocutio, from eloqui


First Known Use: 15th century

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ELOCUTION Defined for Kids

elocution

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noun el·o·cu·tion \ˌe-lə-ˈkyü-shən\

Definition of elocution

  1. :  the art of reading or speaking clearly and effectively in public



Word Root of elocution

The Latin word loquī, meaning “to talk” or “to speak,” and its form locūtus give us the roots locu and loqu. Words from the Latin loquī have something to do with talking. An eloquent speaker speaks clearly and well. Elocution is the art of speaking or reading well in public. A ventriloquist is a person who speaks so that the voice seems to come from elsewhere.



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