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From Latin allocūtiō (address)


  • (UK) IPA: /alə(ʊ)ˈkjuːʃən/




Allocution ({{{1}}})

  1. A formal speech, especially one which is regarded as authoritative and forceful.
    • 1904, Joseph Conrad, Nostromo, ch. 2:
      The Minister of War, in a barrack-square allocution to the officers of the artillery regiment he had been inspecting, had declared the national honour sold to foreigners.
  2. Template:Chiefly The question put to a convicted defendant by a judge after the rendering of the verdict in a trial, in which the defendant is asked whether he or she wishes to make a statement to the court before sentencing; the statement made by a defendant in response to such a question; the legal right of a defendant to make such a statement.
    • 1997, Caren Myers, "Encouraging Allocution at Capital Sentencing: A Proposal for Use Immunity," Columbia Law Review, vol. 97, no. 3, p. 788 n6:
      The term "allocution" refers to the personal right of a defendant to make a statement on his own behalf in an attempt to affect sentencing. . . . The word "allocution" is also frequently used . . . to describe the statement made by a defendant during a guilty plea proceeding.
  3. Template:Chiefly The legal right of a victim, in some jurisdictions, to make a statement to a court prior to sentencing of a defendant convicted of a crime causing injury to that victim; the actual statement made to a court by a victim.
    • 1989, Karen L. Kennard, "The Victim's Veto: A Way to Increase Victim Impact on Criminal Case Dispositions," California Law Review, vol. 77, no. 2, p. 427 n49:
      As of July, 1985, 19 states permitted victim allocution at the sentencing phase of criminal trials.
  4. Template:Roman Catholicism A pronouncement by a pope to an assembly of church officials concerning a matter of church policy.
    • 2004, Thomas Shannon and James Walter, "Implications of the Papal Allocution on Feeding Tubes," The Hastings Center Report, vol. 34, no. 4, p. 18:
      The recent papal allocution To the International Congress on Life-Sustaining Treatment and Vegetative State: Scientific Advances and Ethical Dilemmas has been the occasion for much discussion concering the use of artificial feeding tubes for nutrition and hydration.

Related terms[]

  • allocute


  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.
  • Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary, 1987-1996.



Borrowed from Latin adlocutio.


  • IPA: /alɔkysjɔ̃/


Allocution f. (plural Allocutions)

  1. (short) speech

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