Definitions

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  • n. Someone who practices or teaches elocution.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who is versed in elocution; a teacher of elocution.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person versed in the art of elocution; one who teaches or writes upon elocution, or who gives public elocutionary readings or exercises.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a public speaker trained in voice production and gesture and delivery

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Examples

  • Carol was shuddering with the vicarious shame which sensitive people feel when they listen to an "elocutionist" being humorous, or to a precocious child publicly doing badly what no child should do at all.

    Main Street

  • Even a marvelous elocutionist like Rep. Michele Bachmann R-MN needs a little practice sometimes.

    Sara Benincasa: Michele Bachmann Meets the Press

  • Twenty years ago when I was lecturing in America and I read a number of my poems to some audience in one of the eastern states, a woman asked from the end of the hall—I found afterwards that she was a professional elocutionist—‘Why do you read your poetry in that manner, Mr Yeats?’

    Later Articles and Reviews

  • I no more thought of style or literary excellence than the mother who rushes into the street and cries for help to save her children from a burning house, thinks of the teachings of the rhetorician or the elocutionist.

    Born Today in 1811...

  • Actually George C. Scott sounds a lot like an Ulster Presbyterian who has lost his faith, moved to England to make his fortune, and taken lessons from an elocutionist, only to quit halfway through the course because he decided it was a waste of money.

    MESSY KWEZNUZ

  • Reporters from area newspapers were now well aware of the “wealthy elocutionist from Ayer and her choreman,” as one paper described them.

    Savage Peace

  • Aiming for a career as an elocutionist or public reader, Puffer graduated with honors in 1893.

    Savage Peace

  • Howells repeated his withdrawal wish in a telegram—sent in care of the “elocutionist.”

    Mark Twain

  • And even the aitchless millionaire, though sometimes he goes to an elocutionist and leams a B.B.C. accent, seldom succeeds in disguising himself as completely as he would like to.

    The Road to Wigan Pier

  • A “lady elocutionist” who recited Kipling and imitated children.

    Main Street

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