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1. A formal and authoritative speech; an address.
2. Law A statement that is made by a defendant before a sentence is pronounced.

[Latin allocūtiō, allocūtiōn-, from allocūtus, past participle of alloquī, to speak to : ad-, ad- + loquī, to speak; see tolkw- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Rhetoric) rhetoric a formal or authoritative speech or address, esp one that advises, informs, or exhorts
[C17: from Late Latin allocūtiō, from Latin alloquī to address, from loquī to speak]
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(ˌæl əˈkyu ʃən)

a formal speech, esp. one that advises or exhorts.
[1605–15; < Latin allocūtiō=allocū-, variant s. of alloquī to speak to, address (al- al- + loquī to speak) + -tiō -tion]
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1. a particular or special way of speaking.
2. a formal address or speech.
See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.allocution - (rhetoric) a formal or authoritative address that advises or exhortsallocution - (rhetoric) a formal or authoritative address that advises or exhorts
rhetoric - study of the technique and rules for using language effectively (especially in public speaking)
speech, address - the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience; "he listened to an address on minor Roman poets"
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A usually formal oral communication to an audience:
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Having stilled its immemorial allocution to the moon, the watch-dog was assisting a negro who, prefixing a team of mules to the plow, was flatting and sharping contentedly at his task.
After this vigorous allocution, to one of which sort Lord Steyne treated his "Hareem" whenever symptoms of insubordination appeared in his household, the crestfallen women had nothing for it but to obey.
Groombride's arrival, with his interpreter, whom he proposed should eat with him at the Governor's table, his allocution to the Governor on the New Movement, and the sins of Imperialism, I purposely omit.
Dans une allocution prononcee a l'occasion de la ceremonie d'ouverture, la ministre mauritanienne des Affaires Sociales, de l'Enfance et de la Famille, Mme Nene Oumou Kane, a affirme que le theme de l'atelier A.
Le magazine [beaucoup moins que] Iqraa[beaucoup plus grand que] et bien d'autres edites par le Ministere, souligne le Ministre de la culture et de la communication dans une allocution presentee en son nom, sont des fenetres ouvertes sur notre culture, civilisation ainsi que sur notre histoire, societe et nos langues.
The defendant declined to make a statement and allocution. He was, in addition, assessed $37,542, with one dollar fine, $22,790 for drug enforcement, and $3,000 drug assessment among other fees.
of "allocution," exists broadly in civilian jurisdictions.
He also delivered an allocution which tackled the plight of women, youth, and poor people.
Le chef du gouvernement, Mehdi Jomaa a indique lors de son allocution televisee, jeudi, soir qu'il a charge le ministre des Affaires etrangeres, Mongi Hamdi, de contacter un certain nombre representations diplomatiques en Tunisie pour solliciter leur aide en equipements militaires destines a l'armee nationale et aux forces de securite dans leur lutte contre le terrorisme.
Dans son allocution a la conference, Karti a affirme la solidarite du Soudan avec le Sud-Soudan et son don de 10 000 tonnes de dura (sorgho) au Sud-Soudan et son desir de transmettre l'aide humanitaire fournie au Sud-Soudan.