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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.
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.
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.
40) But it is clear from the often positive responses his lectures received during this first series that Coleridge rediscovered his own elocutionary and theatrical powers.
Astington explains the differences (and interactions and mergers) between singing schools that happened to include dramatic pieces, academic institutions that used drama for rhetorical and elocutionary training, and dedicated centers for training young actors.
At 10 or 11, I seemed to have very little difficulty memorizing such set anthology pieces as "Lead, Kindly Light," "The Beggar Maid," and "A Psalm of Life," but the Tagore song proved exceptionally difficult because of one line there whose length, even to this day, defies my logical or elocutionary sense: "Where the clear stream of reason/has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit.
Finally, when dealing with the elocutionary movement, Gaillet continues to focus on studies that foreground the American experience.
Wierzbicka (1986) concludes in her study of Australian English that "linguistic phenomena such as expressive derivations, elocutionary devices, and speech act verbs are related to the literature on the Australian society, national character, history, and culture" (p.
What if we read meter through the history of prosody over the last two hundred years as a discourse that is dynamic and changing on very public levels--the level of linguistic change, of educational change, of the shift from elocutionary performance to private reading--as well as a discourse that is dynamic and changing on private levels, too?
McGuffey's younger brother added a Rhetorical Guide, later developed into the Fifth and Sixth Readers, (16) with the Fifth containing canonical selections and elocutionary exercises, and the Sixth stressing composition; all appear equivalent to contemporary high school students'.
1884:11) "He delivered the descriptive lines of which the role principally consists with the elocutionary freedom which comes of thorough training and careful consideration of emphasis".
At every concert, an "announcer" accompanied Lois and Weldon onto the platform and, in a pompous, elocutionary style, spoke the name of each selection before it was sung, accompanied by a brief summary, in Russian, of the lyrics, despite a printed program being provided.