Definition of speech-making in English:



mass noun
  • The art or practice of delivering a formal address in public.

    • ‘Given that much of the organisation is off at conferences this week I am spared speech-making at a farewell afternoon tea.’
    • ‘The speechmaking prowess that led him into public life three decades ago remains the most daunting weapon in his personal arsenal.’
    • ‘Speech-making is a thoroughly detestable occupation.’
    • ‘His Portland "homecoming" in May 2002 was partly a time for speechmaking, at the invitation of local architecture organizations.’
    • ‘The Large Hadron Collider was switched on last week amid scenes of pomp and jollity, much drinking of champagne, speech-making, and miscellaneous frivolity.’
    • ‘Churchill's wartime speech-making was the stuff of legend.’
    • ‘George Orwell once wrote an essay on deception in political essay-writing and speech-making and since then every shyster on the landscape has proclaimed himself an "Honest Orwellian".’
    • ‘It steered his legal career off into an incredibly successful tangent, and he's since been lauded for his speechmaking abilities, both in and out of character.’
    • ‘He had the ability to go straight to the point in argument, had a quick wit, and excelled at speech-making.’
    • ‘Comedians, philosophers, evangelists and fascists have all used distinct styles of speech-making to move or fool their crowds.’
    • ‘Practise your presentation and speech-making skills - although most of you probably find that side of things easier than I do.’
    • ‘The day started at 9am with live music; then the serious business of speech-making started at 11.30 am, under a bright, blue sky.’
    • ‘Pericles developed a loyal, if informal, mass constituency of ordinary Athenians through speechmaking in the Assembly.’
    • ‘Hill argued, as did almost all of the guides to public speaking, that speech-making could be learnt.’
    • ‘People will excuse all kinds of lousy speechmaking, just chalking it up to inexperience.’
    • ‘One area in which practices have changed dramatically is speechmaking.’
    • ‘The Christmas and New Year period is a popular time for speech-making.’
    • ‘The glorious dream my father shared with us on August 28, 1963 was not just an exercise in eloquent speechmaking.’
    • ‘Any future offers on speechmaking, I am afraid I will have to turn down.’
    • ‘Although Socrates had studiously avoided speech-making in the Assembly, the Agora was a public place; speech in the Agora that had public effects was subject to public censure.’
    rhetoric, eloquence, grandiloquence, magniloquence, public speaking, declamation, way with words, the gift of the gab, fluency
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