Definition of acclamation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌakləˈmāSH(ə)n/


Loud and enthusiastic approval, typically to welcome or honor someone or something: the tackle brought the fans to their feet in acclamation the president was again greeted by the acclamations of all present
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  • During the introductions I mentioned that information science is integral to each of the sciences represented and received loud acclamation.
  • Similarly cheers and acclamation punctuated the famous speech of the young senator on man's rights and dignity.
  • However, the greatest acclamation was reserved for the audience who to a person applauded and cheered at the conclusion of the play.


by acclamation

1(Of election, agreement, etc.) by overwhelming vocal approval and without ballot.
Example sentences
  • Her election by acclamation, rather than ballot, immediately reminded us of past political practices which did not tolerate dissent.
  • All nominations were approved by acclamation.
  • Although the Security Council approved the proposal by acclamation, time did not permit debate about its merits or shortcomings.
2Canadian (Of election) by virtue of being the sole candidate.
Example sentences
  • After Cobb was declared the Green Party nominee, his running mate Patricia LaMarche, a leader of the Green Party in Maine, was named the vice presidential candidate by acclamation.
  • Lynge's appointment to the forum is by acclamation, since Lynge is the only nominee from Europe and the Arctic, and will be confirmed when the forum starts its third session next week at UN headquarters in New York.
  • Chadi, however, claims that Gill has not only asked him to drop out of the race to let Bethel win by acclamation, but has also done his darndest to ensure the former MLA doesn't have much of a chance of running the race.


Mid 16th century: from Latin acclamatio(n-), from acclamare 'shout at', later 'shout in approval' (see acclaim).

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Syllabification: ac·cla·ma·tion

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