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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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