gesture

gesture n Gesture, gesticulation are comparable when meaning an expressive movement or motion of the body or limbs or the use of such a movement or motion.
Gesture is the more inclusive term; it may imply any such movement or motion intended to express what words cannot, or to increase the effectiveness or poignancy of words that are being uttered, or to take the place of words when for some reason or other they are unnecessary or impossible
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the right [hand of Niobe] is drawing up her daughter to her; and with that instinctive gesture ... is encouraging the child to believe that it can give security— Shelley

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he had permitted himself his very first and last gesture in all these days, raising a hard-clenched fist above his head— Conrad

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the gesture with which he threw away the cigar-end struck her as very distinguished— Bennett

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Gesticulation, on the other hand, is applicable only when there is implication of unrestrained excitement, or the loss or absence of grace or dignity, or a determined effort to attract attention
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his human figures are sometimes "o'er- informed" with . . . feeling. Their actions have too much gesticulationHazlitt

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making various savage gesticulationsLivingstone

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the nineteenth-century reaction against post-Raphaelite painting . . . the twentieth-century exclusive zeal for purely formal elements in pictures, both reflect our lack of sympathy with gesticulation—the word itself is pejorative— Chandler

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New Dictionary of Synonyms. 2014.

Synonyms:
(accompanying oral utterance), , , ,


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