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1. The art of public speaking in which gesture, vocal production, and delivery are emphasized.
2. A style or manner of speaking, especially in public.

[Middle English elocucioun, from Latin ēlocūtiō, ēlocūtiōn-, from ēlocūtus, past participle of ēloquī, to speak out : ē-, ex-, ex- + loquī, to speak; see tolkw- in Indo-European roots.]

el′o·cu′tion·ar′y (-shə-nĕr′ē) adj.
el′o·cu′tion·ist n.
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Adj.1.elocutionary - of or relating to elocution; "elocutionary recitals"
2.elocutionary - (used of style of speaking) overly embellished; "an elocutionary Oxonian delivery"
affected, unnatural - speaking or behaving in an artificial way to make an impression


Of or relating to the art of public speaking:
References in classic literature ?
When he opened his lips, he spoke in a rich bass voice, with an easy flow of language, and a strict attention to the elocutionary claims of words in more than one syllable.
It 's dreadful long," began Tom; but his face brightened, for Polly's interest soothed his injured feelings, and he was glad to prove his elocutionary powers.
HIGGINS [suddenly resorting to the most thrillingly beautiful low tones in his best elocutionary style] By George, Eliza, the streets will be strewn with the bodies of men shooting themselves for your sake before I've done with you.
The unrealistic expectations set by the 'brown sahibs' for students in terms of accent, elocutionary standards and usage can push many behind.
11) Others were elocutionary competitions, in which 'To Mary in Heaven' was a popular set-piece.
How Siddons embodied Sheridan's elocutionary principles was recorded by George Joseph Bell, an Edinburgh law professor, in his notes of Siddons's performance of Lady Macbeth that he saw around 1809.
Teachers are said to be effective if they are able to cultivate thinking skills, stimulate interest in the subject, and motivate students to initiate their own learning; are approachable and helpful, present learning materials well, challenge students intellectually, set high standards, and have good elocutionary skills (Weimer, 2013).
Minister D-- of "The Purloined Letter") and the elocutionary blank (the dashes that signal interruption and so forth--although typographers would argue that dashes are not quite blanks).
While some of the collegiate groups performed in English "competently and effectively in a straightforward elocutionary style," more of them chose to do inventive adaptations that incorporated Indian languages and contemporary political perspectives on issues like gender discrimination and censorship (83-84).
Lennard writes that "the mutually exclusive opposition of the elocutionary and syntactical functions of punctuation is misguided, and that most if not all punctuation can and does normally function in either mode, or in both: one principal determinant being whether the reader is reading silently or aloud.
These pedagogical methods were propelled by a new emphasis on eloquence, as seen, for example, in the 18 th-century British Elocutionary Movement, which had its counterpart in many other countries.