allocution

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n allocution (rhetoric) a formal or authoritative address that advises or exhorts
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Allocution An address; a hortatory or authoritative address as of a pope to his clergy.
    • Allocution The act or manner of speaking to, or of addressing in words.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n allocution A speaking to; an address, especially a formal address. Also written adlocution.
    • n allocution Specifically— In Roman antiquity, a formal address by a general-in-chief or imperator to his soldiers. Such scenes were often represented in art on medals and reliefs, In the Roman Catholic Church, a public address by the pope to his clergy, or to the church generally.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Allocution al-lo-kū′shun a formal address, esp. of the Pope to his clergy.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. allocuto, fr. alloqui, to speak to; ad, + loqui, to speak: cf. F. allocution,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. allocutionemad, to, and loqui, locutus, to speak.

Usage

In literature:

He rose gracefully and waved his glass of claret, while all the others waited eagerly for the coming allocution.
"The Two Brothers" by Honore de Balzac
The Prefect of the Seine addressed him an allocution and presented him the keys of the city.
"The Duchess of Berry and the Court of Charles X" by Imbert De Saint-Amand
He began with an allocution pitched in a tone that would have justified revolt throughout empires.
"A Diversity of Creatures" by Rudyard Kipling
The allocution under consideration has a certain papal flavour.
"Collected Essays, Volume V" by T. H. Huxley
Allocution of Pius IX.
"At Home And Abroad" by Margaret Fuller Ossoli
Father Antonio, trying to pronounce a short allocution, broke down, naive in his emotion, as he had been in his dignity.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Allocution of Alfonso d'Avalos, 1541.
"The Venetian Painters of the Renaissance" by Bernhard Berenson
There exist three versions of this famous allocution.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
The queen followed suit with a yet briefer allocution.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The elder begins a fresh allocution by citing Matt.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
The allocution under consideration has the papal flavour which is wont to hang about the utterances of the pontiffs of the Church of Comte.
"Essays Upon Some Controverted Questions" by Thomas H. Huxley
What the effect of this allocution would have been, unsupported by favouring circumstances, it is difficult to say.
"Count Frontenac" by William Dawson LeSueur
But here we heard the allocution of the Signora Laura.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. IV (of VI), "Adventures In The South" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
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In poetry:

Was many a group in allocution
On problems that delight,
And lift, when e'en beyond solution,
Man to a nobler height.
"Two Visions" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Defendant did not make full allocution .
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