Simple Definition of elocution
: the study of how to speak clearly and in a way that is effective and socially acceptable
Examples of elocution in a sentence
He took lessons in elocution.
<the oft-told story that he practiced elocution by learning to speak with a mouth full of pebbles>
Origin and Etymology of elocution
Middle English elocucioun, from Latin elocution-, elocutio, from eloqui
First Known Use: 15th century
Rhymes with elocution
absolution, allocution, attribution, comminution, consecution, constitution, contribution, convolution, destitution, dissolution, distribution, evolution, execution, exsolution, institution, involution, persecution, prosecution, prostitution, resolution, restitution, retribution, revolution, Rosicrucian, substitution
ELOCUTION Defined for Kids
Definition of elocution for Students
: 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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