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Definitions of oration

  1. To deliver an oration. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. An elaborate discourse, delivered in public, treating an important subject in a formal and dignified manner; especially, a discourse having reference to some special occasion, as a funeral, an anniversary, a celebration, or the like; -- distinguished from an argument in court, a popular harangue, a sermon, a lecture, etc.; as, Webster's oration at Bunker Hill. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A formal and dignified public speech. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. A public speech of a formal character. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. An elaborate public address. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. An elaborate public speech. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. A formal speech delivered in public on some weighty matter; a formal discourse on a special occasion. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. A speech or discourse delivered in public on a special occasion; a harangue; a declamation. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for oration

  1. Vernon had prepared a short oration for the entrance of the liquor and while John reverently stationed a bottle at everybody's right hand, he made haste to deliver it. – The Passionate Elopement by Compton Mackenzie
  2. Demosthenes was reproved for his corruption, and selling of his eloquence: because secretly he wrote one oration for Phormio, and another in the self same manner for Apollodorus, they being both adversaries. – The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to prose. Volume I (of X) - Greece by Various
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