Definition of speechify in English:



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

    ‘writers should write, not speechify’
    ‘the after-dinner speechifying begins’
    • ‘It is full of moral speechifying and erudite detail and has a convoluted plot replete with melodramatic deaths and wonderful recoveries and coincidences.’
    • ‘For the second night in a row, there is little speechifying and much music.’
    • ‘And, of course, they're cutting from that dialogue to David speechifying about ‘doing the right thing.’’
    • ‘Thomas' talent for speechifying at news conferences dates to her career as a reporter.’
    • ‘She was a caustic critic of charismatic ministers who speechify but don't mobilize.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You can, says Mark French of Leading Authorities, a top speaking agency, make a seven-figure income from speechifying alone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Obviously topical, the dialogue yields at times to the temptations of speechifying, but it is a pitfall meliorated by strong acting and direction.’
    • ‘Besides, real people don't speechify like this.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Over the course of the campaign, though, her speechifying grew sharper, more forceful.’
    • ‘After the applause had died down, Hector prepared to speechify.’
    • ‘The script contains no dialogue, only speechifying; there are no characters, only stereotypes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was powerful, compelling, emotional, and in sharp contrast to the prepackaged speechifying we are so accustomed to hearing from politicians.’
    speak at length, talk at length, speak, talk, go on, sound off
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