Definition of allocution in English:


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  • A formal speech giving advice or a warning.

    ‘the daily allocutions of the Pontificate’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And then he invited us to say what we would - to ‘make our allocutions’ - before he rendered a sentence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nor did Pope Pius XII eschew the field of psychotherapy, if one credits his allocutions to those who practiced in the field.’
    • ‘At the same time, the inclusion of personal testimonies softens the allocution patterns typical of radio.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Four of the McCartney sisters received thunderous applause after a most eloquent and moving allocution from the distinguished Political Editor of The Sunday World.’
    • ‘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.’
    talk, address, lecture, discourse, oration, disquisition, peroration, declamation, deliverance, presentation



/ˌaləˈkyo͞oSH(ə)n/ /ˌæləˈkjuʃ(ə)n/


Early 17th century from Latin allocutio(n-), from alloqui ‘speak to’, from ad- ‘to’ + loqui ‘speak’.