speech·​ify | \ ˈspē-chə-ˌfī \
speechified; speechifying

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We had to listen to him speechify about what a wonderful governor he would be.

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Remember that cobalt blue, cap-sleeve dress that Michelle Obama wore to speechify at the 2016 Democratic National Convention? Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "Christian Siriano talks fashion, diversity, Whoopi, and Cardi B. at Pride after party | Elizabeth Wellington," 11 June 2018 Finally convinced to return after Lucy speechifies about friendship and family, events play out almost exactly as Jiya foresaw them. Rachel Kaufman, Smithsonian, "Pilot, Thinker, Soldier, Spy: The Epic “Timeless” Season Finale Twofer," 13 May 2018 What might have been an interesting and timely drama with a substantial subject devolves into merely another dysfunctional family drama, filled with unsympathetic and charmless characters who speechify without much style or texture to the language. Toby Zinman, Philly.com, "London theater: 'Nightfall' at the Bridge Theatre: Missed opportunity, just another boring family drama," 8 May 2018 For San Francisco Irish, March Madness encompasses a whole other meaning — one that’s rife with pipers, dinners, Ceili dances, speechifying, corned beef, music seisiúns, lunches, more speeches and Irish whiskey, natch. Catherine Bigelow, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF’s March Madness has a distinct Irish flavor," 20 Mar. 2018 World Wrestling Entertainment returns to Birmingham on Tuesday at the BJCC’s Legacy Arena, and fans are primed for action in the ring, speechifying by the stars and all sorts of high-concept hijinks. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, AL.com, "Things to do in Birmingham, Jan. 7-13," 7 Jan. 2018 Similarly, the play throws songs, video, and various forms of speechifying at the audience, trying in vain to tell this story of grand failure. Chicago Reader, "Arnie the Doughnut, Tangles and Plaques, and 11 more new stage shows to see," 25 Oct. 2017 At the time, candidates for president customarily chose not to stoop to speechifying or actively seeking the voters’ favor. Robert K. Landers, WSJ, "The First Republican Candidate," 30 July 2017 Meryl Streep’s speechifying at the Golden Globes was the worst thing to happen since Trump’s election. James Wolcott, The Hive, "Why the Alt-Left Is a Problem, Too," 19 June 2017

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1723, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of speechify

informal + disapproving : to make a speech especially in a way that is boring, annoying, etc.

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a servile follower or underling

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