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allocution (al-uh-KYOO-shuhn) noun
A formal speech or address, especially one that exhorts.
[From Latin allocution- (stem of allocutio), past participle of alloqui (to speak to), from ad- + loqui (to speak). Some other words derived from the same root are colloquium, elocution, soliloquy, and ventriloquism.]
"And then he (the judge) invited us to say what we would--to 'make
our allocutions'--before he rendered a sentence."
"(Noel) Gallagher gets started on this soapbox allocution because
of Wal-Mart. He just recently found out the retail goliath balked
at selling 'Standing on the Shoulder of Giants,' the 2000 album by
Gallagher's Britpop band, Oasis."
This week's theme: assorted words.
Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come. -Carl Sandburg, poet and biographer (1878-1967)