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

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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 Her ContraPoints persona is decadent in the mold of Oscar Wilde by way of Weird Twitter: sexily confident and fearlessly indulgent, with orations delivered from plush chairs and scented baths. Katherine Cross, The Verge, "The Oscar Wilde of YouTube fights the alt-right with decadence and seduction," 24 Aug. 2018 Colbert had his work cut out for him in trying to analyze roughly 90 minutes of the president’s oration in just an hour. Tracy Brown, latimes.com, "Stephen Colbert savages Trump's State of the Union speech: 'Better luck next year'," 31 Jan. 2018 The oration decried the widespread prejudice against educating women in the arts and sciences, which had been grounded in the view that a life of managing a household would require no such learning. Richard Gunderman, Scientific American, "Maria Agnesi, the Greatest Female Mathematician You’ve Never Heard Of," 16 May 2018 The first-term mayor used a powerful oration to elicit one of the most raucous standing ovations from more than 7,000 people at the Texas Democratic Convention on Friday. Jeremy Wallace, Houston Chronicle, "Sylvester Turner fires up Texas Democrats at party convention," 22 June 2018 Raytheon , which manufactures Tomahawk cruise missiles, fell 2.8%, and industry supplier Hexcel Corp oration fell 4.5%. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "Calm Markets After Trump-Kim Summit: What You Need to Know," 12 June 2018 The agency has received 31 inquiries related to Celgene Corp oration alone. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "More Competition for Pharma," 18 May 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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oratio obliqua



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The first known use of oration was circa 1504

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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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to spread over or through

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