oration


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Oration \O*ra"tion\, v. i.
   To deliver an oration. --Donne.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Oration \O*ra"tion\, n.[L. oratio, fr. orare to speak, utter,
   pray. See Oral, Orison.]
   An elaborate discourse, delivered in public, treating an
   important subject in a formal and dignified manner;
   especially, a discourse having reference to some special
   occasion, as a funeral, an anniversary, a celebration, or the
   like; -- distinguished from an argument in court, a popular
   harangue, a sermon, a lecture, etc.; as, Webster's oration at
   Bunker Hill.
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         The lord archbishop . . . made a long oration. --Bacon.
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   Syn: Address; speech. See Harangue.
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