Definition of elocution in English:


Syllabification: el·o·cu·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌeləˈkyo͞oSH(ə)n


1The skill of clear and expressive speech, especially of distinct pronunciation and articulation.
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  • Authors of conduct manuals saw elocution as a skill to enhance the home, for reading aloud was regarded as an activity well suited to the woman's role in the domestic sphere.
  • It's a fascinating process in and of itself, a skill of elocution mixed with a keen sense of observation.
  • Another of Roberts' fans, while filming, was Gay Harden, who portrays a teacher of speech, elocution and poise.
phrasing, delivery, public speaking
1.1A particular style of speaking.


late Middle English (denoting oratorical or literary style): from Latin elocutio(n-), from eloqui 'speak out' (see eloquence).



Pronunciation: /-ˌnerē/
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  • The pure work implies the elocutionary disappearance of the poet.
  • It is discourse stripped of meaning, an elocutionary fragment that represents a form of expression that, at that time, was already referred to as ‘trance, hypnotic, or intentionless’ music.
  • The elocutionary movement that pervaded both academic and popular spheres of nineteenth-century rhetorical life actually began some decades before, in the latter half of the eighteenth century.


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  • I remember in particular one extremely talented girl - a gifted elocutionist and actor.
  • Such a criterion has been used by elocutionists and others in attempts to ‘improve’ speech, but without great success: spoken usage that is too ‘prosy’ sounds artificial and perhaps pretentious.
  • But the elocutionists, like the rest of the New Rhetorical movement, were doing more than simply borrowing the status of the classical tradition as a foundation for their work.

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