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 Consider using a disposable worship aid or the use of familiar hymns, songs, antiphons, and acclamations. Madeline Mitchell,, "In-person Mass to resume, but this is not going to be 'a return to normal,' Archbishop says," 8 May 2020 In 1993, Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act nearly by acclamation. Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review, "The First Freedom Fades," 24 Oct. 2019 The charm offensive has paid off with a U.S. president eager for acclamation and validation. David Nakamura, Washington Post, "How Brazil’s nationalist leader built a bond with Trump and won his support in the Amazon fires dispute," 31 Aug. 2019 Instead, by acclamation, he just is held culpable for everything on his watch. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Economy, Father of Us All," 23 July 2019 Oh wait, that was tried in December of 2016, when delegates to the USATF annual meeting voted by acclamation to make Vin Lananna president., "Maybe it’s time for different leadership at USA Track & Field: Oregon track & field rundown," 29 June 2019 As such, there was no drawn-out voting process as in previous elections, as Infantino was confirmed by acclamation of FIFA's 211 members., "Gianni Infantino Re-Elected as FIFA President Until 2023," 5 June 2019 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was re-elected by acclamation by Senate Republicans in a closed-door meeting. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Kevin McCarthy is Elected House Minority Leader," 14 Nov. 2018 Photo: nicholas kamm/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Messrs. McConnell and Schumer were each re-elected by acclamation in separate, closed-door meetings of Senate Republicans and Democrats Wednesday morning. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Kevin McCarthy is Elected House Minority Leader," 14 Nov. 2018

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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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“Acclamation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of acclamation

: strong and enthusiastic approval or praise
: a vote to accept or approve someone or something that is done by cheers, shouts, or applause

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