Definition of acclamation in US English:



  • Loud and enthusiastic approval, typically to welcome or honor someone or something.

    ‘the tackle brought the fans to their feet in acclamation’
    ‘the president was again greeted by the acclamations of all present’
    • ‘But I've done 140 gigs this year and here I am, able to tootle around the world to incredible acclamation, and I think that's amazing, and I love it, after 27 years of it!’
    • ‘Parliament and public greeted this imperial retreat with a fanfare of acclamation.’
    • ‘In more rarified circles, Chinese and Indian artists are winning acclamation at the highest levels.’
    • ‘His elegant and refined style of conducting has won Ozawa acclamation even from European and North American audiences who have previously shown great suspicion towards Asian musicians performing Western classical pieces.’
    • ‘Described in the press and at trade organizations' meetings as a ‘great force,’ women retail workers received widespread acclamation for their achievements.’
    • ‘No proclamation or ceremony was needed, no public acclamation or even acceptance; behind their backs, the people had got a new sovereign.’
    • ‘The acclamation had been nearly unanimous: shouts of the imperial troops at Rome, seconded wholeheartedly by the Senate, the rabble, the clergy.’
    • ‘The acclamation that followed his death from colon cancer early this year strangely mirrored his ghostly omnipresence during life. He was a missing link: an authentic songster who voiced folk-made music.’
    • ‘Four minutes later, Morgan struck down the other end and all that was left was the thunderous acclamation of the team.’
    • ‘He gave unlucky Derby second Silver Patriarch a typically-robust ride to take the St Leger of 1997, and the crowd's roar of acclamation that day showed just how much they wanted Eddery to crown his career in fairytale style.’
    • ‘Tang's excellent depictions of the 160 odd characters in the ‘Peony Pavilion’ has earned him centuries of acclamation from generations of dramatists.’
    • ‘However, the greatest acclamation was reserved for the audience who to a person applauded and cheered at the conclusion of the play.’
    • ‘You might imagine, therefore, that the appearance of Ulysses would have been greeted with cries of joy and acclamation from the literary intelligentsia.’
    • ‘Now the Trust is preparing its own long-term bid for the survival of its beloved club, a plan which drew considerable acclamation when it was made public during the interval of the Swansea game.’
    • ‘During the introductions I mentioned that information science is integral to each of the sciences represented and received loud acclamation.’
    • ‘This was received with acclamation, and the proclamation was made from the Hotel de Ville.’
    • ‘Three-one at half-time and the crowd rose in acclamation.’
    • ‘While the artists might modestly resist such acclamation, what has transpired here certainly displays a high degree of artistic experimentation and talent.’
    • ‘Similarly cheers and acclamation punctuated the famous speech of the young senator on man's rights and dignity.’
    • ‘Two years after this came universal acclamation: Golding received the 1983 Nobel Prize for Literature, the last British writer in the twentieth century to do so.’
    praise, applause, cheers, ovation, tribute, accolade, acclaim, salutes, plaudits
    shouting, calling out, oral vote
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  • by acclamation

    • 1(of election, agreement, etc.) by overwhelming vocal approval and without ballot.

      • ‘All nominations were approved by acclamation.’
      • ‘Although the Security Council approved the proposal by acclamation, time did not permit debate about its merits or shortcomings.’
      • ‘It was accepted by acclamation - there wasn't even a vote.’
      • ‘The Autobiography has by acclamation been pronounced the finest example of its genre in American theatrical annals.’
      • ‘Recipient of numerous honorary degrees both at home and abroad, when the American Economic Association was organized in 1885 he was made its first president virtually by acclamation.’
      • ‘The first was by acclamation when all the cardinals agree to one name proposed without prior arrangement.’
      • ‘It was all carried by acclamation, amid scenes, in Barère's words, of delirium.’
      • ‘All 550 House members agreed by acclamation to his appointment as House Speaker.’
      • ‘In the aftermath of Vatican II, however, the nearly universal grief that followed his death led to proposals that the council canonize him by acclamation.’
      • ‘The former traditions of electing a new Pope by acclamation or by compromise have now been abolished.’
      • ‘The citizens agreed by acclamation to her plan.’
      • ‘Yet an arcane ceremony is taking place, as occasionally happens at a Papal conclave: a pontiff is being enthroned by acclamation, rather than election.’
      • ‘The first four caliphs succeeded by acclamation, in accordance with tribal custom.’
      • ‘You could hand him his next term by acclamation.’
      • ‘Will McDonough is a sportswriting saint, beatified by acclamation that day almost a quarter-century ago when he punched an NFL player.’
      • ‘Her election by acclamation, rather than ballot, immediately reminded us of past political practices which did not tolerate dissent.’
      • ‘The legislation was passed by acclamation, without a vote because enough ruling party members were present to outnumber the opposition.’
      • ‘Modern changes to conclave procedures have eliminated voting by acclamation.’
      • ‘It is sad, therefore, to find that election by acclamation is still practiced today by one of the political parties that supposedly leads the reform movement.’
      • ‘The workers voted by acclamation to continue the walkout.’
    • 2(of election) by virtue of being the sole candidate.

      • ‘George Berthe was elected by acclamation for a third term as corporate secretary of Makivik.’
      • ‘After Cobb was declared the Green Party nominee, his running mate Patricia LaMarche, a leader of the Green Party in Maine, was named the vice presidential candidate by acclamation.’
      • ‘Karetak-Lindell, who won the Liberal nomination for Nunavut by acclamation, didn't have specific answers for how she would improve housing in the territory.’
      • ‘He was in-turn succeeded by Michael Howard who won by acclamation (no one else stood for the leadership).’
      • ‘In yet one more green, anglo and rich town, this time Westmount, independent councillor John de Castell won the megarace's first seat by acclamation.’
      • ‘Uncontested in her bid for the position of arts representative on the student society's board of directors, Tiffany Kalanj has won by acclamation.’
      • ‘Seven people won their seats by acclamation, when the minimum number of nominees turned up after an extension of the nomination period.’
      • ‘Chadi, however, claims that Gill has not only asked him to drop out of the race to let Bethel win by acclamation, but has also done his darndest to ensure the former MLA doesn't have much of a chance of running the race.’
      • ‘Local actor and playwright Michael Charrois will run for the NDs in Edmonton-Castle Downs after winning the nomination by acclamation last weekend.’
      • ‘Curley won Rankin Inlet North by acclamation, when no one else was nominated for Jack Anawak's former seat.’
      • ‘Students United candidate Pam Kaila, who has won the education representative position by acclamation, attributed her participation to issues on a larger scale.’
      • ‘Coral Harbour mayor and former NAM president Johnny Ningeognan won the presidency by acclamation last Saturday.’
      • ‘‘Education is a right,’ said Pam Kaila from Students United, who has won the position of education representative by acclamation.’
      • ‘With the exception of Pam Kaila, who won the education representative post by acclamation, the entire Students United slate was disqualified for infractions of election rules.’
      • ‘Unless another candidate steps forward, incumbent MP Nancy Karetak-Lindell will win the Liberal nomination in Nunavut by acclamation.’
      • ‘Cummins, who was recently nominated by acclamation, said he knows Leonhardt quite well.’
      • ‘Five of the seven SFSS executive positions, the jobs that come with the most responsibility and the highest stipends, have already been won by acclamation.’
      • ‘He could, I suppose, quit before Labour's annual conference in September, allowing Brown to replace him by acclamation.’
      • ‘Lynge's appointment to the forum is by acclamation, since Lynge is the only nominee from Europe and the Arctic, and will be confirmed when the forum starts its third session next week at UN headquarters in New York.’
      • ‘Goertzen accepted the nomination by acclamation before 85 party members at Pioneer Inn in Steinbach.’


Mid 16th century: from Latin acclamatio(n-), from acclamare ‘shout at’, later ‘shout in approval’ (see acclaim).