ora·​tion | \ ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce oration (audio) , ȯ- \

Definition of oration

: an elaborate discourse (see discourse entry 1 sense 2) delivered in a formal and dignified manner She delivered an oration on the value of art in our society. a commencement oration a funeral oration

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Examples of oration in a Sentence

She made an oration on the value of art in society. the celebrated orations of Daniel Webster in unwavering support of the federal union
Recent Examples on the Web His body language delivers an oration of smiles, smirks, scowls, and snarls. BostonGlobe.com, 6 July 2021 At the behest of the Baldwin family, an oration is given, and select female graduates carry white roses that serve as a memorial to Philura. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 10 June 2021 Innings prior, manager Bob Melvin had delivered a dugout oration to his listless team. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 June 2021 As Indiana athletic director Scott Dolson spoke Monday about his decision to hire Mike Woodson as men’s basketball coach, there was a certain quality in his oration. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, 30 Mar. 2021 But in the real world, oration is to filibuster as essay writing is to texting. Gail Collins New York Times, Star Tribune, 11 Mar. 2021 First, Senator Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin, registered his objections by forcing the chamber’s clerks to read the entire 628-page bill aloud, a 10-hour-and-44-minute oration that began Thursday and ran into the early hours Friday. Emily Cochrane, New York Times, 6 Mar. 2021 Kandi starts to cry thinking about little Blaze at home without her, while Porsha uses her powers of oration to point out Kenya’s hypocrisy to the other ladies. Chris Murphy, Vulture, 14 Feb. 2021 The defense begins presenting its case today in what promises to be an extreme contrast to the House managers' two-day video-rich oration. Washington Examiner Staff, Washington Examiner, 12 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of oration

circa 1504, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of oration was circa 1504

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oratio obliqua

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8 Jul 2021

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“Oration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oration. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of oration

formal : a formal speech


ora·​tion | \ ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce oration (audio) \

Kids Definition of oration

: an important speech given on a special occasion

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