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 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 The final decision surely won’t be made by acclamation, but, for now, the single-level version is the obvious choice. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 5 May 2021 Gonzaga, coming off what was, by acclamation, the greatest Final Four game ever in its 93-90 buzzer-beater over UCLA in overtime, was the favorite of most pundits. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 5 Apr. 2021 On Friday, South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe was confirmed the new president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) by acclamation. Samindra Kunti, Forbes, 12 Mar. 2021 Aaron did not enjoy the idolatry accorded the Yankees' Mickey Mantle or match the exuberance and electric presence of the Giants' Willie Mays, his outfield contemporaries and rivals for acclamation as the greatest ballplayer in major league history. Richard Goldstein, Star Tribune, 22 Jan. 2021 The State Republican Executive Committee, with more than 400 members, picked Wahl by acclamation. Mike Cason |, al, 27 Feb. 2021 In China the transfers of power are from one Communist Party cadre to another, and public political rites are limited to unanimous acclamation. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 20 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of acclamation was in 1567

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27 Jun 2021

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“Acclamation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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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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