Elocution El`o*cu"tion, n. [L. elocutio, fr. eloqui, elocutus, to speak out: cf. F. ['e]locution. See {Eloquent}.] 1. Utterance by speech. [R.] [1913 Webster]

[Fruit] whose taste . . . Gave elocution to the mute, and taught The tongue not made for speech to speak thy praise. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Oratorical or expressive delivery, including the graces of intonation, gesture, etc.; style or manner of speaking or reading in public; as, clear, impressive elocution. ``The elocution of a reader.'' --Whately [1913 Webster]

3. Suitable and impressive writing or style; eloquent diction. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

To express these thoughts with elocution. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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