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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.
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." See John Lennard, "Punctuation: And--'Pragmatics,'" Historical Pragmatics.
that met weekly for purposes of improvement in debate, reading and criticising essays, in elocutionary readings, and in the reading of a weekly paper edited by some of the members" and delivered several lectures himself (104-5).
Harrison finds that the syntactical properties of punctuation are separable from, and indeed more important than, their elocutionary properties.
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.
Thompson assembles utterances from early and late Thelwall 'in order to stress the continuity between his political and his logopaedic theory and practice', his 'ars rhetorica.' Her argument rests on the claim, made boldly and persuasively, that Thelwall's later elocutionary strategies are of a piece with his earlier political radicalism.
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." Reciting the song before my teacher within the stern precincts of my English classroom was an ordeal.