ac·​cla·​ma·​tion | \ˌa-klə-ˈmā-shən \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for acclamation


applause, cheer, cheering, ovation, plaudit(s), rave(s), réclame


booing, hissing

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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.

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In obedience to the constitutional mandate, the Senate ratified Marshall’s nomination by acclamation a mere 36 days before the inauguration of Thomas Jefferson of the Democratic-Republican Party. WSJ, "Hamilton on a Timely Nomination Response," 7 Oct. 2018 Vitorino won by acclamation in the final ballot, defeating Laura Thompson, a former Costa Rica ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva who is now the migration agency’s deputy director general. Nick Cumming-bruce,, "UN migrant agency sends Trump a message with choice of new leader," 29 June 2018 Attorney Charles Hart was elected chair by acclamation at the Orange County Republican Executive Committee meeting in Orlando after county Trump campaign chair Randy Ross decided to run for vice chair instead. Steven Lemongello,, "Charles Hart elected Orange County GOP chair after Ross, Hardee bow out," 19 June 2018 Increasing unrest in the rank and file led to the election of TrackTown USA president Vin Lananna as USATF president by acclamation at the organization's 2016 annual meeting. Ken Goe,, "What if you held a meet and nobody outside the stadium noticed? Oregon track & field rundown," 22 May 2018 The problem with Trump’s flattery of Kim is the same as Reagan’s acclamation of Montt: a dictator was praised for no good reason. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "A brief history of American presidents praising dictators.," 12 June 2018 In an uncontested coronation, Murphy was nominated by acclamation by Democratic delegates for a second term in the U.S. Senate Friday on the opening night of their state convention. Christopher Keating,, "Democrats Nominate Chris Murphy For Second Term As State Convention Kicks Off," 19 May 2018 If passed, this bill would create Civil Code 5100(g), which would allow an association to declare candidates elected by acclamation if, after the period for nominations has closed, there are no more candidates than openings on the board. Kelly G. Richardson,, "HOA Homefront: Bills of interest to help (or harm) HOAs in 2018," 5 May 2018 Condoleezza Rice was confirmed by a vote of 85 to 13 in 2005, and Colin Powell was approved by acclamation in 2001. Tracy Wilkinson,, "Senate confirms Pompeo as Trump's second secretary of State, and he quickly gets to work," 26 Apr. 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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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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