elocution

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n elocution an expert manner of speaking involving control of voice and gesture
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Elocution Oratorical or expressive delivery, including the graces of intonation, gesture, etc.; style or manner of speaking or reading in public; as, clear, impressive elocution . "The elocution of a reader."
    • Elocution Suitable and impressive writing or style; eloquent diction. "To express these thoughts with elocution ."
    • Elocution Utterance by speech. "Fruit] whose taste . . . Gave elocution to the mute, and taught
      The tongue not made for speech to speak thy praise."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n elocution The manner of speaking in public; the art of correct delivery in speaking or reading; the art which teaches the proper use of the voice, gesture, etc., in public speaking.
    • n elocution Eloquence in style or delivery; effective utterance or expression.
    • n elocution Speech; the power or act of speaking.
    • n elocution Synonyms Elocution, Delivery. These words are quite independent of their derivation. Elocution has narrowed its meaning (see quotation from E. Porter, above), and has broadened it to take in gesture. They are now essentially the same, covering bodily carriage and gesture as well as the use of the voice. Elocution sometimes seems more manifestly a matter of art than delivery. See oratory.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Elocution el-o-kū′shun the art of effective speaking, more esp. of public speaking, regarding solely the utterance or delivery: eloquence
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. elocutio, fr. eloqui, elocutus, to speak out: cf. F. élocution,. See Eloquent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. elocution-em, eloqui, elocūtuse, out, loqui, to speak.

Usage

In literature:

There is now more need than ever that the teacher of music or elocution should be intellectual and not mechanical in his methods.
"Voice Production in Singing and Speaking" by Wesley Mills
Jingle's jerky system of elocution would seem a complete disqualification.
"Pickwickian Studies" by Percy Fitzgerald
ELOCUTION MADE EASY for Clergymen, Public Speakers, and Readers, Lecturers, Actors.
"Country Walks of a Naturalist with His Children" by W. Houghton
He took lessons in elocution, happily without damage to his natural force, earnestness, and grace of delivery.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
For the finish, some person addicted to elocution usually recites a poem to piano accompaniment.
"Cobb's Bill-of-Fare" by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
That fencing, dancing, and elocution are useful to the actor I do not deny.
"The Idler Magazine, Volume III, June 1893" by Various
Can a death-severed heart's elocution be imitated more aptly, more touchingly?
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 356, June, 1845" by Various
Then he went to Rhodes, and spent two years in the study of elocution.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
She cuts short her aunt's elocution, and goes with listless weariness to her own apartments.
"The Diamond Coterie" by Lawrence L. Lynch
I'm all right now, and if you'll just elocute that thing, while I array myself in purple and fine linen, I'm sure it will all come back to me.
"Patty's Summer Days" by Carolyn Wells
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In poetry:

"I thought MY gait ridiculous," said he -
"MY elocution faulty as could be;
I thought I mumbled on a matchless plan -
I had not seen our great Tragedian!
"The Reverend Micah Sowls" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

STAFFORD, Va.— Leroy Richmond, gifted with a mellifluous voice and precise elocution, was often asked to read safety announcements at the Brentwood Road complex of the Postal Service in Washington.
The shop was in a working-class neighborhood, and young Vidal, dreaming of better things, took elocution lessons to rid himself of his cockney diction.
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