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[aw-rey-shuh n, oh-rey-]
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  1. a formal public speech, especially one delivered on a special occasion, as on an anniversary, at a funeral, or at academic exercises.
  2. a public speech characterized by a studied or elevated style, diction, or delivery.
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Origin of oration

1325–75; Middle English oracion < Latin ōrātiōn- (stem of ōrātiō) speech, prayer, equivalent to ōrāt(us) (past participle of ōrāre to plead, derivative of ōr-, stem of ōs mouth) + -iōn- -ion
Can be confusedoration peroration

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1. See speech. 2. discourse, declamation.
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Related Words for oration

spiel, homily, harangue, sermon, address, declamation, discourse, pitch, lecture, soapbox

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British Dictionary definitions for oration


  1. a formal public declaration or speech
  2. any rhetorical, lengthy, or pompous speech
  3. an academic exercise or contest in public speaking
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Word Origin for oration

C14: from Latin ōrātiō speech, harangue, from ōrāre to plead, pray
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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.

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