ges·​tic·​u·​la·​tion | \ je-ˌsti-kyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce gesticulation (audio) \

Definition of gesticulation

1 : the act of making gestures
2 : gesture especially : an expressive gesture made in showing strong feeling or in enforcing an argument

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Examples of gesticulation in a Sentence

as the argument grew more heated, his gesticulations got bigger and wilder
Recent Examples on the Web It is also written in his crowded features and high color, the vocal ferocity of his anger, his tendency towards gesticulation, the straying wisps of his white hair. Talia Lavin, The New Republic, 13 Feb. 2020 In her brash Texas drawl, Jo Harvey laughed about their many near-divorces as Terry observed her gesticulations with a wry smile. John Lingan, Washington Post, 29 Jan. 2020 His is an amalgam of swirling turns, more subdued facial expressions, and softer, but equally articulate gesticulations. Lauren Warnecke,, 8 Nov. 2019 His intense eyes and demonstrative gesticulation suggest the gregariousness of someone used to managing the front and back of the house. Sameer Rao,, 28 June 2019 Both operas lend themselves to a cabaret-style presentation, starting with the campy gesticulations of a green-bearded Merlin (the baritone Conor McDonald) from the top level of Julia Noulin-Mérat’s whimsical two-tiered set. Washington Post, 27 June 2019 Postmodern architecture had always gestured toward the antique past, usually in a mode of acerbic or calculatingly boisterous irony, but Kuma’s wild gesticulations in M2 were grotesque and overwhelming. Nikil Saval, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2018 The Yell Leaders, male cheerleaders who wear white coveralls and communicate in a series of chants and gesticulation only Aggies understand, can inspire more than 100,000 people to shake Kyle Field. Andy Staples,, 28 June 2018 Soon after the French referee, Clement Turpin, turned his attentions to the Atletico Madrid coach, Diego Simeone, dismissing him too, after a barrage of gesticulations from the technical area., 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of gesticulation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Gesticulation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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