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2. cacology. — acyrological, adj.
2. socially unacceptable enunciation.
3. nonconformist pronunciation.
2. the manner or quality of a person’s speech. — elocutionist, n.
2. a whispering sound or soft rustling. Also susurrus. — susurrant, susurrous, adj.
If you make a speech or give a talk, you speak for a period of time to an audience, usually saying things which you have prepared in advance.
A speech is made on a formal occasion, for example at a dinner, wedding, or public meeting.
A talk is more informal, and is intended to give information.
|Noun||1.||speech - the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience; "he listened to an address on minor Roman poets"|
body - the central message of a communication; "the body of the message was short"
introduction - the first section of a communication
close, closing, ending, conclusion, end - the last section of a communication; "in conclusion I want to say..."
speech act - the use of language to perform some act
allocution - (rhetoric) a formal or authoritative address that advises or exhorts
colloquium - an address to an academic meeting or seminar
dithyramb - a wildly enthusiastic speech or piece of writing
impromptu - an extemporaneous speech or remark; "a witty impromptu must not sound premeditated"
inaugural, inaugural address - an address delivered at an inaugural ceremony (especially by a United States president)
lecture, public lecture, talk - a speech that is open to the public; "he attended a lecture on telecommunications"
litany - any long and tedious address or recital; "the patient recited a litany of complaints"; "a litany of failures"
oratory - addressing an audience formally (usually a long and rhetorical address and often pompous); "he loved the sound of his own oratory"
oral presentation, public speaking, speechmaking, speaking - delivering an address to a public audience; "people came to see the candidates and hear the speechmaking"
|2.||speech - (language) communication by word of mouth; "his speech was garbled"; "he uttered harsh language"; "he recorded the spoken language of the streets"|
oral communication, speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, voice communication, language
language, linguistic communication - a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols; "he taught foreign languages"; "the language introduced is standard throughout the text"; "the speed with which a program can be executed depends on the language in which it is written"
auditory communication - communication that relies on hearing
words - the words that are spoken; "I listened to his words very closely"
orthoepy, pronunciation - the way a word or a language is customarily spoken; "the pronunciation of Chinese is difficult for foreigners"; "that is the correct pronunciation"
conversation - the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas or information etc.
give-and-take, discussion, word - an exchange of views on some topic; "we had a good discussion"; "we had a word or two about it"
locution, saying, expression - a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations; "pardon the expression"
non-standard speech - speech that differs from the usual accepted, easily recognizable speech of native adult members of a speech community
idiolect - the language or speech of one individual at a particular period in life
monologue - a long utterance by one person (especially one that prevents others from participating in the conversation)
magic spell, magical spell, charm, spell - a verbal formula believed to have magical force; "he whispered a spell as he moved his hands"; "inscribed around its base is a charm in Balinese"
dictation - speech intended for reproduction in writing
|3.||speech - something spoken; "he could hear them uttering merry speeches"|
|4.||speech - the exchange of spoken words; "they were perfectly comfortable together without speech"|
|5.||speech - your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally; "his manner of speaking was quite abrupt"; "her speech was barren of southernisms"; "I detected a slight accent in his speech"|
expressive style, style - a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period; "all the reporters were expected to adopt the style of the newspaper"
address - the manner of speaking to another individual; "he failed in his manner of address to the captain"
catch - a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)
paralanguage, paralinguistic communication - the use of manner of speaking to communicate particular meanings
tongue - a manner of speaking; "he spoke with a thick tongue"; "she has a glib tongue"
shibboleth - a manner of speaking that is distinctive of a particular group of people
tone, tone of voice - the quality of a person's voice; "he began in a conversational tone"; "he spoke in a nervous tone of voice"
elocution - an expert manner of speaking involving control of voice and gesture
|6.||speech - a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"|
rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval - an act or expression of criticism and censure; "he had to take the rebuke with a smile on his face"
curtain lecture - a private lecture to a husband by his wife
|7.||speech - words making up the dialogue of a play; "the actor forgot his speech"|
aside - a line spoken by an actor to the audience but not intended for others on the stage
cue - an actor's line that immediately precedes and serves as a reminder for some action or speech
monologue - a (usually long) dramatic speech by a single actor
soliloquy - a (usually long) dramatic speech intended to give the illusion of unspoken reflections
throwaway - words spoken in a casual way with conscious under-emphasis
line - text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen; "the letter consisted of three short lines"; "there are six lines in every stanza"
|8.||speech - the mental faculty or power of vocal communication; "language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals"|
lexis - all of the words in a language; all word forms having meaning or grammatical function
"A speech is poetry: cadence, rhythm, imagery, sweep! A speech reminds us that words, like children, have the power to make dance the dullest beanbag of a heart" [Peggy Noonan What I Saw at the Revolution]
"A speech is like a love-affair. Any fool can start it, but to end it requires considerable skill" [Lord Mancroft]
"Speech is the small-change of silence" [George Meredith The Ordeal of Richard Feverel]
"Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars" [Gustave Flaubert Madame Bovary]
to lose the power of speech → perder el habla
to recover one's speech → recobrar el habla, recobrar la palabra
his speech was slurred → arrastraba las palabras, farfullaba al hablar
he expresses himself better in speech than in writing → se expresa mejor hablando or de palabra que por escrito
children's speech → el lenguaje de los niños
freedom of speech → libertad f de expresión
to be slow of speech → hablar lentamente, ser torpe de palabra
to make a speech → pronunciar un discurso
speech, speech! → ¡que hable! ¡que hable!
speech analysis N → análisis m de la voz
speech command N → comando m vocal
speech community N → comunidad f lingüística
speech day N (Brit) → reparto m de premios
speech defect, speech impediment N → defecto m del habla
speech organ N → órgano m del habla
speech recognition N (Comput) → reconocimiento m de voz
speech synthesizer N → sintetizador m de la voz humana
speech therapist N → logopeda mf
speech therapy N → terapia f de la palabra
speech training N → lecciones fpl de elocución
speech writer N → escritor(a) m/f de discursos, redactor(a) m/f de discursos
to lose the power of speech → perdere l'uso della parola
freedom of speech → libertà di parola