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oration

o·ra·tion

oration

pronunciation:
reI shn
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a formal, usu. long speech, esp. one given on an important occasion.
The students listened earnestly to the oration given by the university president at their commencement.
synonyms:
address, speech
similar words:
declamation, discourse, disquisition, lecture, monologue, panegyric, sermon, talk
definition 2: an unnecessarily formal or pompous speech.
I hope we don't have to hear another one of Uncle Mel's orations on the moral corruption of our society!
synonyms:
peroration
similar words:
disquisition, lecture, sermon, speech