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.
The first reading should, if possible, be assigned for one lesson so that the class may read the oration at a single sitting.
I have obtained a copy of the oration, delivered by a seaman, on that day.
For discussion is one thing, and making an oration is quite another, in my humble opinion.
It was just the reverse in style and conception to his fervid Bush Arbor oration.
Spigot, at this moment entering to announce tea and coffee, was interrupted in his oration by Sponge demanding some brandy.
I had no time to write an oration suitable for a public affair.
His oration was lengthy and his eulogy spoken with evident emotion.
I cannot speak as if I were delivering an oration on Saronia.'
Kate had to repeat the oration a dozen times; and he said it after her, like a Sunday-school scholar, till he had it pat.
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.