Definition of speechify in US English:



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  • Deliver a speech, especially in a tedious or pompous way.

    ‘the after-dinner speechifying begins’
    ‘writers should write, not speechify’
    • ‘It was powerful, compelling, emotional, and in sharp contrast to the prepackaged speechifying we are so accustomed to hearing from politicians.’
    • ‘The Progressive Democrats gathered in Limerick last night for 36 hours of low-grade scheming, non-stop speechifying and back-slapping, commonly called the national conference.’
    • ‘Obviously topical, the dialogue yields at times to the temptations of speechifying, but it is a pitfall meliorated by strong acting and direction.’
    • ‘She was a caustic critic of charismatic ministers who speechify but don't mobilize.’
    • ‘And, of course, they're cutting from that dialogue to David speechifying about ‘doing the right thing.’’
    • ‘We have become so accustomed to speechifying and blathering that we hardly notice anymore.’
    • ‘O'Rowe's adaptation strips the play down to its essentials and presents a spare and tight historical drama shorn of any excess speechifying and wandering.’
    • ‘You can, says Mark French of Leading Authorities, a top speaking agency, make a seven-figure income from speechifying alone.’
    • ‘For the second night in a row, there is little speechifying and much music.’
    • ‘Thomas' talent for speechifying at news conferences dates to her career as a reporter.’
    • ‘The characters don't so much speak as speechify, in arias out of second-rate literature.’
    • ‘The good fight the bad without pausing to speechify about trade federations.’
    • ‘Her speechifying was made fun of, and her black and white, self-righteous attitude grew out of her own long-running self-involvement; it was very obviously intended as a character flaw.’
    • ‘After the applause had died down, Hector prepared to speechify.’
    • ‘Besides, real people don't speechify like this.’
    • ‘It is full of moral speechifying and erudite detail and has a convoluted plot replete with melodramatic deaths and wonderful recoveries and coincidences.’
    • ‘The script contains no dialogue, only speechifying; there are no characters, only stereotypes.’
    • ‘Over the course of the campaign, though, her speechifying grew sharper, more forceful.’
    • ‘Hey, I know it's Friday, and all anybody wants to do is get together with friends at the Sizzler, so I'll knock off the speechifying.’
    • ‘In the first act, every character embodies a political position, and all but Belle herself, who's too busy scrubbing floors and nursing her baby, spend a lot of time speechifying.’
    speak at length, talk at length, speak, talk, go on, sound off
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