from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A shout or salute of enthusiastic approval.
  • n. An oral vote, especially an enthusiastic vote of approval taken without formal ballot: a motion passed by acclamation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A shout of approbation, favor, or assent; eager expression of approval; loud applause.
  • n. The process of electing a person to a post in the absence of other nominees.
  • n. A representation, in sculpture or on medals, of people expressing joy.
  • n. Without opposition in an election.
  • n. An oral vote taken without formal ballot and with much fanfare; typically an overwhelmingly affirmative vote.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A shout of approbation, favor, or assent; eager expression of approval; loud applause.
  • n. A representation, in sculpture or on medals, of people expressing joy.
  • n. In parliamentary usage, the act or method of voting orally and by groups rather than by ballot, esp. in elections

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shout or other demonstration of applause, indicating joy, hearty assent, approbation, or good will.
  • n. In deliberative assemblies, the spontaneous approval or adoption of a resolution or measure by a unanimous viva voce vote, in distinction from a formal division or ballot.
  • n. Something expressing praise or joy.

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

  • n. enthusiastic approval


Latin acclāmātiō, acclāmātiōn-, from acclāmātus, past participle of acclāmāre, to shout at; see acclaim.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • As to a dear friend Mother Church bids farewell to her beloved Alleluia on the Saturday before Septuagesima Sunday, when at the end of Vespers the acclamation is sung twice after the Benedicamus Domino and the choir responds with its twofold repetition following the Deo gratias.


  • One indication of this change is the disappearance of an acclamation from the Church's official prayers and chants.


  • Upon the other meanings which have been attached to the word acclamation some of them rather strained it does not seem necessary to speak at length.

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  • It is not as if his acclamation was a surprise to anyone in the Party.

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  • Do you believe they were ever imposed upon by those votes and resolutions, made by what is called acclamation, for their union, of which corruption paid one part, [9] and fear forced the remainder?

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  • Labour's rules allow the cabinet to install a single candidate by acclamation, which is surely the only serious option this close to an election: two or three months of a messy leadership contest so close to national polling day would amount to collective suicide.

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  • According to Spinelli's original script Europeans should have greeted the constitution with "acclamation".

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  • Some of those whose sanctity is established by this kind of acclamation are so illustrious, that it would be ludicrous to suppose even the Vatican capable of adding to their eminence -- more so, to imagine any process by which they could be unsanctified; such are St Patrick, St George, and St Kentigern.

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  • And Marius was present when the Fathers, duly certified of the fact, by "acclamation," muttering their judgment all together, in a kind of low, rhythmical chant, decreed

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  • The election was by 'acclamation' at the IPCC plenary session in Geneva Tuesday night, a spokesperson of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) said here Wednesday.

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