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- adj. Of or pertaining to elocution or to public speaking; rhetorical
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to elocution.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to elocution.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to elocution
- adj. (used of style of speaking) overly embellished
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One should hasten to say, however, that over-nicety in enunciation, pedantic exactness, obtrusive "elocutionary" excellence, or any sort of labored or affected effort should be carefully guarded against.
He must have studied the subject a great deal, when you come to think of it, because he assumed an "elocutionary" attitude.
Tell it naturally and simply, as the folk-tellers did, not with studied and elaborate "elocutionary" effects.
With an elocutionary erudition surpassing that of his friendly rival, conservative icon William F. Buckley Jr.,
With an elocutionary erudition surpassing that of his friendly rival, conservative icon William F. Buckley Jr., Moynihan held forth with a staccato bravado -- that sometimes bordered on the comical -- punctuated by pregnant pauses, the result of a speech impediment and not, as Moynihan's political opponents sometimes suggested, a drinking problem.
I have heard him speak, he has a strong proclivity for the elocutionary department, a strong voice, and great enthusiasm.
As he stood in that elocutionary attitude, friends, this is just the way that speech went.
He must have studied the subject a great deal, then you come to think of it, because he assumed an “elocutionary” attitude.
Happily, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe had perfected the art of song-writing for actors with their previous smash, "My Fair Lady," which starred Rex Harrison as the elocutionary Henry Higgins.
I'm more like the proverbial bull in a elocutionary china shop.
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