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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.]


(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]


(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]


1. a particular or special way of speaking.
2. a formal address or speech.
See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices
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"


A usually formal oral communication to an audience:
References in classic literature ?
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 salle archicomble, la ceremonie d'ouverture s'est deroulee dans une ambiance gaie et bon enfant avec, au menu, allocutions de bienvenue, intermedes musicaux et hommages.
A noter que l'eveque de l'Eglise Evangelique a Ibrahimiya, le pretre Karam Lamei et le sous-secretaire du ministere des Wakfs, cheikh Marzouq Abou Ebeid, ont egalement prononce des allocutions.
The decision was announced by the Supreme Court yesterday, which called on the appeal lawyers to prepare and submit their allocutions within the next 30 days, which will in turn give the defence team a further 30 days to respond with its own allocutions.
Even in the wake of papal allocutions, the Catholic faithful have hotly debated how to best treat permanently unconscious patients.
We recognize and affirm that the authority level of papal allocutions is relatively low on the scale of teachings.