One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A formal speech, especially one given on a ceremonial occasion.
speech, address, lecture, talk, homily, sermon, discourse, declamation, recitation, disquisition, peroration, monologue, valedictory, harangue, tirade, diatribe, rantView synonyms
- ‘Many leaders spoke at the conference, and Wright summarizes a number of their orations.’
- ‘Though it's easy to ridicule the performance element of these orations, they do act as a focus for the party and from time to time they find a kind of immortality.’
- ‘The orations that accompany the awarding of an honorary degree are rarely sophisticated studies in personality.’
- ‘These imaginary inaugural orations are, of course, complete fiction.’
- ‘Set in a future-world London, a.d.3700, the novel is a fragmented fictive archive of orations, dialogues, dream-visions, and the working papers of its protagonist.’
- ‘They've done mock interviews, funeral orations, series of imagined letters from the famous person to a grandchild, or from an invented friend to the famous person.’
- ‘By the time I got back to Palmer's suite, his press secretary Karren Beanland, with whom there had been many prior discussions about the Prime Minister's orations, was coming out holding my tape recorder.’
- ‘Instead of persisting with mindless fashion parades exhibiting Western attires, there were orations, dances, dramas that showcased the rich cultural heritage of our country.’
- ‘Martin Nevin, chairman of County Carlow Historical and Archeological Society and Brian Cleary, chairman of the Robert Emmet commemoration committee delivered orations at the commemoration.’
- ‘It would be easy to dismiss these frightful orations as the rantings of frustrated clergymen.’
- ‘Leaders improvised eloquent orations referring to the usual civic virtues.’
- ‘All five received their degrees from the chancellor of the university, former president, Mary Robinson, after glowing orations in Latin in a traditional ceremony which has changed little in 400 years.’
- ‘I want to suggest that in the case of his funeral orations, Derrida writes from within a rhetorical tradition that sometimes includes meaning or signification in its persuasive aims.’
- ‘For it is not necessarily self-evident that epistles and orations function in the same way.’
- ‘The theme of the most famous of those orations is democracy.’
- ‘Despite their differences, the two men did not become enemies; they respected each other's research, and in 1832 Geoffroy gave one of the orations at Cuvier's funeral.’
- ‘These self-chosen culture leaders should go around the country, giving lucid but forceful orations, educating the people about the great qualities of their culture and creating a robust cultural consciousness in the majority.’
- ‘But this contemporary silence stems from more than just humility in the face of the great orations of the past.’
- ‘Like Cicero and Quintilian, Robinson strongly supports imitation, and he recommends as ‘good models’ the ‘still unsurpassed orations of antiquity’.’
- ‘I want to insist, however, that in the case of his funeral orations, Derrida's concern for presence and otherness is not merely theoretical.’
- 1.1 The style or manner in which a formal speech is given.
- ‘Their aptitude for charismatic and persuasive oration has earned some particularly articulate Griots positions as spokesmen for politicians and presidents.’
- ‘Leo McIntire then took over her mantle but his eloquent oration and superlatives went over the head of Brendan Bradley, who had to ask me what some of the big words meant.’
- ‘Why do we admire musical ability and adept oration?’
- ‘In contrast, however, to the stereotype of the reserved, stoic Indian, Creeks respected impassioned public speakers, and lengthy oration was common at council meetings.’
- ‘They were enraptured by Mr Durai's fiery oration.’
- ‘It spirals from crisp oration into stream-of-consciousness babble and finally into gibberish.’
Late Middle English (denoting a prayer): from Latin oratio(n-) ‘discourse, prayer’, from orare ‘speak, pray’.
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