[ aw-rey-shuh n, oh-rey- ]
/ ɔˈreɪ ʃən, oʊˈreɪ- /


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

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


1 See speech.
2 discourse, declamation.

Can be confused

oration peroration
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/ (ɔːˈreɪʃən) /


a formal public declaration or speech
any rhetorical, lengthy, or pompous speech
an academic exercise or contest in public speaking

Word Origin for oration

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