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Definition of "oration" []

  • A formal speech, especially one given on a ceremonial occasion. (noun)
  • A speech delivered in a high-flown or pompous manner. (noun)
  • A formal public declaration or speech (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Any rhetorical, lengthy, or pompous speech (noun)
  • An academic exercise or contest in public speaking (noun)

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Use "oration" in a sentence
  • "- to three epigrams, and a fingle oration* It is, however, the very oration that I was moft felicitous to obtain j for, aks! with grief I confefs, that although feven orators ha - rangued upon the queftion, one alone had generofity enough tq argue on the fide of the neglefted fifterhood; with what powers of rhetoric, my reader will very foon have K3 the"
  • "If an oration is too long, "it should be divided and each single part should be excellently shaped and put in a certain place in right order, that is, so that one thought may follow another without interruption or disturbance.""
  • "Complete text of the three hour long mutual admiration oration is available at the Mitchieville pay site."