- a formal public speech, especially one delivered on a special occasion, as on an anniversary, at a funeral, or at academic exercises.
- a public speech characterized by a studied or elevated style, diction, or delivery.
Origin of oration
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Examples from the Web for oration
Being young and oh-so-clever, I thought it would be witty to close my oration with a quote that depended on the f-word.My Commencement Address
May 17, 2009
His oration was lengthy and his eulogy spoken with evident emotion.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Four years since, he delivered the oration on the occasion of its semi-centennial.
There is no measure or end of my praises, and yet 'tis fit my oration have an end.The Praise of Folly
In ten minutes the old Indian was delivering an oration to us, squatted in resignation.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
From an oration on "Columbus and the Exposition," delivered in Chicago in 1890.
- a formal public declaration or speech
- any rhetorical, lengthy, or pompous speech
- an academic exercise or contest in public speaking
Word Origin and History for oration
late 14c., "prayer," from Late Latin orationem (nominative oratio) "a speaking, speech, discourse; language, faculty of speech, mode of expressing; prayer," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin orare "to pray, plead, speak before an assembly" (see orator). Meaning "formal speech, discourse" first recorded c.1500.