In 2012 for example, Gates warned publicly in a speech that it would be disastrous if Israel were to unilaterally strike Iran .
The speech ended abruptly, and that was a strange note on which to end it.
But he insisted his speech Tuesday night would not dwell on race.
Yes, I just gave a speech in New England the other day, and just one person out of 200 had ever heard of New Harmony, Indiana.
The fact is he had 49.5 million listeners to first speech on the economy.
"But it's true all the same," he went on when they got outside, almost as if he had not broken his speech.
All this was good for Mr Hope: but it went to his heart, and for a moment checked his speech.
He had the tact now to conceal his astonishment at the manner of his friend's speech.
Her speech now failed her; but they thought she would have said something about the children.
A merry-lookin little devil got up to make a speech, an, say!
Old English spæc "act of speaking, manner of speaking, formal utterance," variant of spræc, related to sprecan, specan "to speak" (see speak), from Proto-Germanic *sprækijo (cf. German Sprache "speech"). The spr- forms were extinct in English by 1200. Meaning "address delivered to an audience" first recorded 1580s. Speechify "talk in a pompous, pontifical way" first recorded 1723.
And I honor the man who is willing to sink
Half his present repute for the freedom to think,
And, when he has thought, be his cause strong or weak,
Will risk t' other half for the freedom to speak,
Caring naught for what vengeance the mob has in store,
Let that mob be the upper ten thousand or lower.
[James Russell Lowell, "A Fable for Critics," 1848]
The faculty or act of expressing thoughts, feelings, or perceptions by the articulation of words.
Vocal communication; conversation.