noun \ə-ˈrā-shən, -\

: a formal speech

Full Definition of ORATION

:  an elaborate discourse delivered in a formal and dignified manner

Examples of ORATION

  1. She made an oration on the value of art in society.
  2. <the celebrated orations of Daniel Webster in unwavering support of the federal union>

Origin of ORATION

Latin oration-, oratio speech, oration, from orare to plead, speak, pray; akin to Hittite ariya- to consult an oracle and perhaps to Greek ara prayer
First Known Use: 1502


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