locution

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin locūtiō (speech), from loquor (speak). Confer cognate French locution.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /loʊ̯ˈkju.ʃn̩/

Noun[edit]

locution (plural locutions)

  1. A phrase or expression connected to an individual or a group of individuals through repeated usage.
    The television show host is widely recognized for his all-too-common locutions.
  2. The use of a word or phrase in an unusual or specialized way.
    • 1992, Judith Jarvis Thomson, The Realm of Rights (page 299)
      So it cannot be supposed that promisings differ from other word-givings in that a word-giver makes a promise only if he or she uses the locution "I promise".
  3. A supernatural revelation where a religious figure, statue or icon speaks, usually to a saint.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin locūtiō (speech), from loqui (speak).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)
  • IPA(key): /lɔ.ky.sjɔ̃/

Noun[edit]

locution f (plural locutions)

  1. phrase, locution

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