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o·ra·tion

 (ô-rā′shən, ō-rā′-)
n.
1. A formal speech, especially one given on a ceremonial occasion.
2. A speech delivered in a high-flown or pompous manner.

[Middle English oracion, prayer, from Late Latin ōrātiō, ōrātiōn-, from Latin, discourse, from ōrātus, past participle of ōrāre, to speak.]

oration

(ɔːˈreɪʃən)
n
1. a formal public declaration or speech
2. any rhetorical, lengthy, or pompous speech
3. (Education) an academic exercise or contest in public speaking
[C14: from Latin ōrātiō speech, harangue, from ōrāre to plead, pray]

o•ra•tion

(ɔˈreɪ ʃən, oʊˈreɪ-)

n.
a formal public speech, esp. for a special occasion.
[1325–75; Middle English oracion < Latin ōrātiō speech, prayer, derivative of ōrāre to plead, derivative of ōr-, s. of ōs mouth]
syn: See speech.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.oration - an instance of oratoryoration - an instance of oratory; "he delivered an oration on the decline of family values"
peroration - (rhetoric) the concluding section of an oration; "he summarized his main points in his peroration"
oratory - addressing an audience formally (usually a long and rhetorical address and often pompous); "he loved the sound of his own oratory"
peroration - a flowery and highly rhetorical oration

oration

noun speech, talk, address, lecture, discourse, harangue, homily, spiel (informal), disquisition, declamation a brief funeral oration

oration

noun
A usually formal oral communication to an audience:
Translations
خِطاب، خُطْبَه
tale
nyilvános beszéd
viîhafnarræîa
iškalbos menaskalbėtojasoracijaoratorinisoratoriškas
runasvinīga runa

oration

[ɔːˈreɪʃən] N (= speech) → discurso m; (= peroration) → arenga f
funeral orationoración f fúnebre

oration

[əˈreɪʃən] noraison f
a brief funeral oration → une brève oraison funèbre

oration

nAnsprache f; funeral orationGrabrede f

oration

[ɔːˈreɪʃn] norazione f
funeral oration → orazione funebre

oration

(əˈreiʃən) noun
a formal, public speech, especially in fine, beautiful language. a funeral oration.
orator (ˈorətə) noun
a person who makes public speeches, especially very eloquent ones.
ˈoratory (ˈorə-) noun
the art of speaking well in public.
oraˈtorical adjective
References in classic literature ?
She asked me the other day if I knew what your oration is to be about.
It is not necessary to set down the rest of the oration.
Chillip devoted to the delivery of this oration, my aunt eyed him narrowly.
What he did on those occasions was to turn up his cuffs, stick up his hair, and give us Mark Antony's oration over the body of Caesar.
But I should have mentioned, that before the principal person began his oration, he cried out three times, LANGRO DEHUL SAN (these words and the former were afterwards repeated and explained to me); whereupon, immediately, about fifty of the inhabitants came and cut the strings that fastened the left side of my head, which gave me the liberty of turning it to the right, and of observing the person and gesture of him that was to speak.
Well, as I was saying, they have scarcely spoken the truth at all; but from me you shall hear the whole truth: not, however, delivered after their manner in a set oration duly ornamented with words and phrases.
After a few more words of funeral oration, in which all present spoke from the heart, the chevalier took Madame du Bousquier's arm, and, gallantly placing it within his own, pressed it adoringly as he led her to the recess of a window.
That was the funeral oration of one friend and client; and he could not help a certain apprehension lest the good name of another should be sucked down in the eddy of the scandal.
He had delivered a mel- ancholy oration previous to his funeral, and had doubtless in the packet of letters, presented vari- ous keepsakes to relatives.
In his oration for the bachelor's degree, he gives me to understand, he will treat of the classical myths, viewed in the aspect of baby stories, and has a great mind to discuss the expediency of using up the whole of ancient history, for the same purpose.
Never, certainly, had I beheld so powerful an exhibition of natural eloquence as Marnoo displayed during the course of his oration.
de Grosjoyaux remarked that it was really too soon to deliver a funeral oration upon poor Bellegarde.