Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A shout or salute of enthusiastic approval.
  • noun An oral vote, especially an enthusiastic vote of approval taken without formal ballot.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A shout or other demonstration of applause, indicating joy, hearty assent, approbation, or good will.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Something expressing praise or joy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A shout of approbation, favor, or assent; eager expression of approval; loud applause.
  • noun (Antiq.) A representation, in sculpture or on medals, of people expressing joy.
  • noun (R. C. Ch.) In parliamentary usage, the act or method of voting orally and by groups rather than by ballot, esp. in elections
  • noun are those on which laudatory acclamations are recorded.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun enthusiastic approval

Etymologies

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

[Latin acclāmātiō, acclāmātiōn-, from acclāmātus, past participle of acclāmāre, to shout at; see acclaim.]

Examples

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

    Septuagesima

  • 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.

    From the Mail

  • 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.

    Septuagesima

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

    From the Mail

  • 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.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

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

    Don Meredith To Play Damage Control In Toronto Centre « Unambiguously Ambidextrous

  • 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?

    The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 05 (of 12)

  • 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.

    The Guardian World News

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

    Archive 2007-09-01

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

    Booker in the WSJ

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