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.
- oration , peroration
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How to use oration in a sentence
In that oration, he accused law enforcement officials of tampering with evidence and argued that it was Barron who had attacked the children that night — and that he acted in self-defense.
It was a wonky speech at times, more theater than dramatic oration, a classic Clintonian riff.
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.
He responded with Mark Antony's funeral oration; “ LEND me your ears…” emphasis on the lend, not the ears.
He had his beautiful robe under him (for it was summer), and was preparing for his funeral oration.
He was distinguished as an oriental scholar, and died while delivering an oration at the academy of Caen.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
Tim says more by the vigor of his smoking than Perry Thomas could express in a year's oration.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
Michael listened impatiently, and interrupted the speaker in the midst of his oration.
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.
British Dictionary definitions for oration
a formal public declaration or speech
any rhetorical, lengthy, or pompous speech
an academic exercise or contest in public speaking
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