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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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.

Recent Examples on the Web

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 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

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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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concealment of treason or felony

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