Definition of Allocution

1. Noun. (rhetoric) a formal or authoritative address that advises or exhorts.

Category relationships: Rhetoric
Generic synonyms: Address, Speech



Definition of Allocution

1. n. The act or manner of speaking to, or of addressing in words.

Definition of Allocution

1. Noun. A formal speech, especially one which is regarded as authoritative and forceful. ¹

2. Noun. (chiefly US legal) The question put to a convicted defendant by a judge after the rendering of the verdict in a trial, in which the defendant is asked whether he or she wishes to make a statement to the court before sentencing; the statement made by a defendant in response to such a question; the legal right of a defendant to make such a statement. ¹

3. Noun. (chiefly US legal) The legal right of a victim, in some jurisdictions, to make a statement to a court prior to sentencing of a defendant convicted of a crime causing injury to that victim; the actual statement made to a court by a victim. ¹

4. Noun. (Roman Catholicism) A pronouncement by a pope to an assembly of church officials concerning a matter of church policy. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Allocution

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Allocution

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allochroism
allochroite
allochromasia
allochronic
allochroous
allochthonous
alloclasite
allocortex
allocrine
allocthonous
allocute
allocuted
allocutes
allocuting
allocution (current term)
allocutions
allocyathin
allocycle
allocyclic
allod
allodeoxycholic acid
allodia
allodial
allodial title
allodial titles
allodialism
allodialist
allodialists
allodially

Literary usage of Allocution

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1. Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1866)
"(allocution In Consistori- ali, 1st November, 1850. allocution Quibus ... (allocution Novos et ante, 28th September, I860.) 64. The violation of a solemn ..."

2. The American Annual Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1865)
"(allocution In Consistorial!, 1st November, 1850. allocution Maxima quidem, 9th June, 1802.) 45. The entire direction of public schools, in which the youth ..."

3. The English Review (1848)
"allocution of Pope Pius IX., pronounced in the Secret Consistory of December 17, 1847. 3. Fundamental Statute for the temporal government of the States of ..."

4. The Christian World: The Magazine of the American and Foreign Christian Union by American and Foreign Christian Union (1854)
"ANOTHER allocution OF THE POPE. On the 19th day of December last his Holiness, Pope Pius IX., delivered an allocution in the "Consistory," or congregation ..."

5. Handy-book of Literary Curiosities by William Shepard Walsh (1892)
"... by the initials Ü. P. (Old Pledge) and T. (Total) ; and the frequent explanations necessitated by these symbols made "T—total" a familiar allocution. ..."

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