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acclamation (ak-luh-MAY-shuhn) noun

1. An oral vote where a vote of approval is expressed by cheers, shouts or applause rather than by ballot.

2. A loud and enthusiastic expression of approval, welcome, etc.

[From Latin acclamation, stem of acclamatio, from acclamatus, past participle of acclamare (to shout at), from ad- + clamare (to shout). Other words derived from the same root are clamor, acclaim, reclaim.]

"The congress nominated Papandreou by acclamation to succeed Simitis, who stepped down as party leader but will remain as prime minister until the day after the March 7 elections." PASOK nominates Papandreou; Kathimerini (Athens, Greece); Feb 7, 2004.

"The process has changed dramatically since the small group of Revolutionary War veterans who had written and implemented the Constitution in the 1780s decided George Washington should be elected president and picked him by acclamation." James Toedtman; Presidential Primaries; Newday (New York); Feb 25, 2004.

This week's theme: words related to elections.


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