from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The art of public speaking in which gesture, vocal production, and delivery are emphasized.
- n. A style or manner of speaking, especially in public.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The art of public speaking with expert control of gesture and voice, etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Utterance by speech.
- n. Oratorical or expressive delivery, including the graces of intonation, gesture, etc.; style or manner of speaking or reading in public.
- n. Suitable and impressive writing or style; eloquent diction.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The manner of speaking in public; the art of correct delivery in speaking or reading; the art which teaches the proper use of the voice, gesture, etc., in public speaking.
- n. Eloquence in style or delivery; effective utterance or expression.
- n. Speech; the power or act of speaking.
- n. Synonyms Elocution, Delivery. These words are quite independent of their derivation. Elocution has narrowed its meaning (see quotation from E. Porter, above), and has broadened it to take in gesture. They are now essentially the same, covering bodily carriage and gesture as well as the use of the voice. Elocution sometimes seems more manifestly a matter of art than delivery. See oratory.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an expert manner of speaking involving control of voice and gesture
Reader: Being able to read aloud, fluently and with expression and good elocution, is a very valuable thing.
The provost at University of Michigan claims that they are too keeping up with changing times, after all - they have recently stopped offering majors in elocution and animal husbandry ...
We have a school of oratory, also classes in elocution and movements, excellently managed by women.
On the stage they pronounce the syllables and words extremely distinct, so that at the theatres you may always gain most instruction in English elocution and pronunciation.
Barring the first prize winner in Tamil elocution, all the remaining students were from the university departments, the Centre Coordinator S. Iyyampillai said.
I wish Mr. Wray success; though I rather think Tidbury is not quite the sort of place to come to for what you call elocution -- eh? "
61 Uprightness in elocution was not a matter of aesthetic pretense but a physiological condition allowing for an unhampered flow of spirits throughout the body, particularly among the liver, heart, and brain, which according to Avicenna and Galen were the respective seats of the natural, vital and animal spirits. 62 More generally, upright posture was believed to have enabled humans to observe the heavens and wonder beyond the mortal coil.
He had harangued in the upper house himself; but as his delivery, for it could not be called elocution, was slow, hesitating, and confused, no one ventured to mention his speech.
If he has not the talent of elocution, which is the case of many as wise and knowing men as any in the House, he is liable to all these inconveniences, without the eclat which attends upon any tolerably successful exertion of eloquence.
If he has not the talent of elocution, which is the case of many as wise and knowing men as any in the House, he is liable to all these inconveniences, without the _éclat_ which attends upon any tolerably successful exertion of eloquence.