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Relating to bodily movements or gestures, especially in dancing.

[From obsolete gest, bearing, from French geste, from Old French, from Latin gestus; see gesture.]
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(ˈdʒɛstɪk) or


relating to gestures or body movements
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(ˈdʒɛs tɪk)

also ges′ti•cal,

pertaining to bodily motions, esp. in dancing.
[1755–65; obsolete gest deportment (< Middle French geste < Latin gestus movement of the limbs, performance =ges-, variant s. of gerere (see gest) + -tus suffix of v. action) + -ic]
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Performance in German, Antoni's and Reinecke's gestical singing made the moments of moral outrage, melancholy and mockery perfectly clear, but the air of uncertainty at home gave the event even more wrenching irony than Brecht intended.