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Definition giving a speech to an audience
  • he delivered an oration on the decline of family values
oration = giving a speech to an audience
  • Every June during the time of our school exhibition, the graduating class gave orations and dialogues on Friday night.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • orations = speeches
  • Soon as they've passed their last examinations in Solid Geometry and Cicero's Orations, looks like they suddenly feel themselves fit to get married—
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • orations = speeches
  • [A burlesque oration in mock Puerto Rican accent.]
    Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim  --  Westside Story
  • oration = speech (to an audience)
  • Napoleon himself appeared at the meeting on the following Sunday morning and pronounced a short oration in Boxer's honor.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • oration = speech
  • The priest's attention seemed to retire to some private oratory to wait until she got through.
    Flannery O'Connor  --  A Good Man is Hard to Find AND OTHER STORIES
  • "Our host", he reminded me, for I had been denouncing the death of oratory, "is generally supposed to be a good speaker."
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • But you're not here to make funeral orations for dead traitors.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • Which of these two speeches, think you, would be the best oration for your own funeral?
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Mustapha Mond's oratory was almost up to synthetic standards.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Chiltern's speech last night on this Argentine Canal scheme was one of the finest pieces of oratory ever delivered in the House since Canning.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • An alliterative prefix served as an ornament of oratory.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • A kind of poetry naturally suited to elaborate description and oration and hymnic address, symbolic dreams, and armings.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • VOLP: It will take off his oratory's edge.
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • The Professor with these words ceased his oration, and I burst forth into loud and "unanimous" applause.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • They sent cunning messengers, raised to oration the way Masks are raised to war.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • DRUMMOND So you, Matthew Harrison Brady, through oratory, legisla-tion, or whatever, pass along God's orders to the rest of the world!
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • An old colleague of the dead scientist, still a member of the Academy of Sciences, had been brave enough to make the funeral oration.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Upon my word it was magnificent, the style of the oratory.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • I must admit I felt the old surge of love and oratory and I haven't a drop of Galician blood.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley

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