oration

[ aw-rey-shuhn, oh-rey- ]
/ ɔˈreɪ ʃən, oʊˈreɪ- /

noun

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.

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Origin of oration

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English oracion, from 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- noun suffix; see -ion

synonym study for oration

1. See speech.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH oration

oration , peroration
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British Dictionary definitions for oration

oration
/ (ɔːˈreɪʃən) /

noun

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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