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[aw-rey-shuh n, oh-rey-] /ɔˈreɪ ʃən, oʊˈreɪ-/
noun
1.
a formal public speech, especially one delivered on a special occasion, as on an anniversary, at a funeral, or at academic exercises.
2.
a public speech characterized by a studied or elevated style, diction, or delivery.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English oracion < Latin ōrātiōn- (stem of ōrātiō) speech, prayer, equivalent to ōrāt(us) (past participle of ōrāre to plead, derivative of ōr-, stem of ōs mouth) + -iōn- -ion
Can be confused
oration, peroration.
Synonyms
1. See speech. 2. discourse, declamation.
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Examples for oration
  • It cannot be regarded as merely memorizing a string of words to deliver a swelling oration.
  • It's a sermon, a series of miracles and a rousing patriotic oration about the homeland.
  • The occasion for this brief oration was a traveling hip-hop festival.
  • The oration caused everyone in the court to cry, even the judge.
  • He can fix anything with a pair of pliers, a hammer, and an interesting oration in strong language.
British Dictionary definitions for oration

oration

/ɔːˈreɪʃən/
noun
1.
a formal public declaration or speech
2.
any rhetorical, lengthy, or pompous speech
3.
an academic exercise or contest in public speaking
Word Origin
C14: from Latin ōrātiō speech, harangue, from ōrāre to plead, pray
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Word Origin and History for oration
oration
late 14c., "prayer," from L.L. orationem (nom. oratio) "speaking, discourse, language, prayer," from L. oratus, pp. of orare (see orator). Meaning "formal speech, discourse" first recorded c.1500.
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