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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."
Bill McKibben; Patriotic Acts; Mother Jones (San Francisco); Nov 1, 2000.

"(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."
Doug Elfman; Oasis' Noel Gallagher Always Ready to Vent; Las Vegas Review-Journal; Apr 26, 2002.

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