Origin of speech
Synonyms for speech
Related Words for speechdialogue, tone, language, discussion, conversation, voice, expression, rhetoric, commentary, paper, address, lecture, appeal, debate, sermon, enunciation, communication, prose, jargon, diction
Examples from the Web for speech
Contemporary Examples of speech
There is no such thing as speech so hateful or offensive it somehow “justifies” or “legitimizes” the use of violence.Trolls and Martyrdom: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie
January 9, 2015
Freedom of speech, then, is sometimes not worth the trouble that comes with it.
This is a blow against freedom of speech, we were told, by the likes of Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson.
Speech, in this case, is our ability to spend money on a goofy entertainment.
It was something ineffable and harder to define: freedom of speech.
Historical Examples of speech
It means the "science of the sound which is made by our speech."Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
But Brother Stukely had been for some time rendered incapable of speech.
But sweet beyond words had been this speech from the bartender.Way of the Lawless
On the 5th of February the king attended and delivered the speech from the throne in person.
Among his friends his speech was anticipated with lively interest.
- the act or faculty of speaking, esp as possessed by personsto have speech with somebody
- (as modifier)speech therapy
Word Origin for speech
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]