Origin of speech
Examples from the Web for speech
There is no such thing as speech so hateful or offensive it somehow “justifies” or “legitimizes” the use of violence.
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.
It is, if I may be allowed to say so, the sinister suggestion in your speech, inspector—superintendent I mean.The Green Rust|Edgar Wallace
In a sweet and sonorous voice she made her speech, and told her story.The Art of Disappearing|John Talbot Smith
The Queen's speech contained no decided feature beyond recommending a reform in the administration of the Courts of Equity.
He was aware that his speech was growing far louder than necessary.Cytherea|Joseph Hergesheimer
We could not express ourselves fully if we lacked any of these parts of speech.Plain English|Marian Wharton
British Dictionary definitions for speech
- the act or faculty of speaking, esp as possessed by personsto have speech with somebody
- (as modifier)speech therapy
Word Origin for speech
Word Origin and History 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]