ac·​cla·​ma·​tion | \ ˌa-klə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce acclamation (audio) \

Definition of acclamation

1 : a loud eager expression of approval, praise, or assent
2 : an overwhelming affirmative vote by cheers, shouts, or applause rather than by ballot

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Approval can come from a single person, but acclamation requires a larger audience. An acclaimed movie is widely praised, and critical acclaim can lead to box-office success. When a popular proposal comes up in a legislature, the speaker may ask that it be passed "by acclamation", which means that everyone just gets to yell and cheer in approval and no one bothers counting the votes at all.

Examples of acclamation in a Sentence

Her performance in the ballet earned her thunderous applause and shouts of acclamation from the audience. She has earned worldwide acclamation for her charitable works.
Recent Examples on the Web If Biden chooses not to run, Kamala Harris and her supporters should understand that no one, except an incumbent president, is ever handed a presidential nomination by acclamation. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 29 Aug. 2022 These rules must conform to statute and the bylaws and are now likely out of date, with 2022’s new election by acclamation option under Civil Code 5103. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 July 2022 Membership quorum is also critical because HOAs cannot take advantage of the election by acclamation process unless there has been at least one valid election conducted in the prior three years. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Mar. 2022 This being the wizarding world, the election involves acclamation not by anything so pedestrian as the popular vote, but by the approval of the qilin, which has the magical ability to sense a man or woman of honor and good character. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2022 Traditionally, lone candidates are nominated by acclamation at the party’s convention without the need for a formal vote by delegates. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Mar. 2022 May concluded emphatically to shouts of acclamation. Grayson Quay, The Week, 31 Jan. 2022 The organization’s membership clearly supports president Vin Lananna, elected by acclamation in 2016. Ken Goe For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 18 June 2021 If there’s an award for straight-to-the-camera performance, Ms. Moreno’s appearance here should win it by acclamation. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 17 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of acclamation

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acclamation

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French acclamacion, borrowed from Latin acclāmātiōn-, acclāmātiō, from acclāmāre "to acclaim entry 1" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns

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7 Sep 2022

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“Acclamation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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