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Mar 8, 2017
This week’s theme
Back-formations

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bludge
politick
allocute
adolesce
foray

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allocute

PRONUNCIATION:
(A-luh-kyoot)

MEANING:
verb intr.: To make a formal speech, especially by a defendant after being found guilty and before being sentenced in a court.

ETYMOLOGY:
Back-formation from allocution (a formal speech), from Latin allocution, from loqui (to speak). Earliest documented use: 1860.

USAGE:
“The deal was for him to plead to a lesser charge and allocute to the judge.”
Lavina Giamusso; Australia: The Puppeteer; CreateSpace; 2016.

See more usage examples of allocute in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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