el·​o·​cu·​tion | \ ˌe-lə-ˈkyü-shən How to pronounce elocution (audio) \

Definition of elocution

1 : a style of speaking especially in public
2 : the art of effective public speaking

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Other Words from elocution

elocutionary \ ˌe-​lə-​ˈkyü-​shə-​ˌner-​ē How to pronounce elocutionary (audio) \ adjective
elocutionist \ ˌe-​lə-​ˈkyü-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce elocutionist (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for elocution


oratory, public speaking

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Examples of elocution in a Sentence

He took lessons in elocution. the oft-told story that he practiced elocution by learning to speak with a mouth full of pebbles

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In preparation, the contestants go through a training period that involves such eclectic studies as performance art, rap music, and elocution. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "The documentary side of MFA French fest," 5 July 2018 In these performances, his own literary elocution stands out. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "Seduce Me! The Untainted Sweet Sounds of Accent-Riddled Podcasts," 1 June 2018 The hotel, spa and restaurant owner has, among other traits, nearly flawless elocution. Joe Jackson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Pair of hospitality mavens a force in Ashland’s growing dining, lodging landscape," 24 May 2018 Sociable reading encouraged a premium on elocution. John Sutherland, New York Times, "We Are What We Read," 2 Jan. 2018 The children take turns reciting from a family Bible for practice in reading and elocution, not to mention spiritual edification. Michael Marissen, New York Times, "Bach Was Far More Religious Than You Might Think," 30 Mar. 2018 If Ipswich was his ascension as a preeminent mind of the game, England was undoubtedly his coronation... the elocution lessons were presumably included? SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 13 Weeks to Go - The Meticulous Sir Alf Ramsey, England's Greatest Manager," 23 Mar. 2018 In that sense the Obamas were from central casting — so impeccable in education, elocution and etiquette that even the president’s harshest political critics spoke of them as a family with genuine admiration. Eugene Robinson, The Denver Post, "The Obamas leave an image that will never fade," 16 Jan. 2017 Her books are events, and her elocution does not stammer. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "‘The Burning Girl,’ About Intense Pre-Teenage Friendship, Never Catches Fire," 21 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of elocution

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for elocution

Middle English ellocucioun "oratorical or literary style," borrowed from Latin ēlocūtiōn-, ēlocūtiō "expression of an idea in words, manner of expressing oneself," from ēlocū-, variant stem of ēloquī "to utter, put into words" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at eloquent

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English Language Learners Definition of elocution

formal : the study of how to speak clearly and in a way that is effective and socially acceptable


el·​o·​cu·​tion | \ ˌe-lə-ˈkyü-shən How to pronounce elocution (audio) \

Kids Definition of elocution

: the art of reading or speaking clearly and effectively in public

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