Definition of allocution in English:



  • A formal speech giving advice or a warning.

    ‘the daily allocutions of the Pontificate’
    • ‘And that language is sure to be loaded with sensitivities about respect, honor, pride, and dignity, along with allocutions to the sacred, purifying nature of violence.’
    • ‘At the same time, the inclusion of personal testimonies softens the allocution patterns typical of radio.’
    • ‘Four of the McCartney sisters received thunderous applause after a most eloquent and moving allocution from the distinguished Political Editor of The Sunday World.’
    • ‘Nor did Pope Pius XII eschew the field of psychotherapy, if one credits his allocutions to those who practiced in the field.’
    • ‘In any event, during the accused's exercise of his allocution right under s.726 of the Code, he specifically stated he had had a good and rewarding life with his family and in his work during the two decades he spent in Tanzania.’
    • ‘And then he invited us to say what we would - to ‘make our allocutions’ - before he rendered a sentence.’
    • ‘However there's this old tradition called allocution of a judge, when he denounces someone who is a culprit, and he advises that person of their wrongdoing and what a proper opinion of that individual ought to be.’
    • ‘This he made abundantly clear in the allocution he delivered in Rome on May 12, 1879, on the occasion of receiving the cardinal's red hat from Pope Leo XIII.’
    talk, address, lecture, discourse, oration, disquisition, peroration, declamation, deliverance, presentation
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Early 17th century: from Latin allocutio(n-), from alloqui ‘speak to’, from ad- ‘to’ + loqui ‘speak’.