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 The subject in the prepared oration portion of the contest must be about some phase of the Constitution of the United States, emphasizing the duties and obligations of a citizen to the United States government. Carroll County Times Staff, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "High School students invited to compete in American Legion speech contest for scholarship money," 2 Nov. 2019 Despite Hoar’s eloquent oration, Miller’s bill passed, with the support of Southern Democrats and senators from both parties in Western states. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, "America’s Exclusionary Past and Present and the Judgment of History," 17 Aug. 2019 The prepared oration must be the original effort of each contestant and must be 8-10 minutes in length. Carroll County Times Staff, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "High School students invited to compete in American Legion speech contest for scholarship money," 2 Nov. 2019 There are periodic explicative orations about the state of the nation. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "What Makes The Morning Show Worth Watching," 1 Nov. 2019 In 2006 Mr Handke gave an oration at Milosevic’s funeral. The Economist, "Explosive A Nobel prize for a writer some call an apologist for genocide," 17 Oct. 2019 Michele Calantropo, Berhe’s lawyer, said on July 1st, during his closing remarks, a four-hour oration before a mostly empty room. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "An Absurd Case of Mistaken Identity Draws to a Close," 13 July 2019 On the airport’s north side, JetBlue Airways Corp oration will triple its footprint, expanding from its base at Terminal 5 into a new $3 billion terminal on the site of the former Terminal 6 and, eventually, across the current Terminal 7. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Kennedy Airport Rehab Plan Unveiled, Along With $13 Billion Price Tag," 4 Oct. 2018 Markel Corp oration of the U.S. last week struck a deal for the largest and oldest such manager, Nephila, which is currently owned by private-equity firm KKR , hedge fund Man Group and the firm’s management. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "Reinsurers: Don’t Watch for Hurricanes, Watch for Deals," 10 Sep. 2018

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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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“Oration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oration. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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