speech·​ify | \ ˈspē-chə-ˌfī How to pronounce speechify (audio) \
speechified; speechifying

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We had to listen to him speechify about what a wonderful governor he would be.
Recent Examples on the Web There is a good deal of speechifying — indeed, the finale is made up of literal speeches — to make big points and to let the actors run. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Hollywood’ rewrites Tinseltown’s racist, sexist, homophobic past. It’s not convincing," 30 Apr. 2020 Senators now have a chance to speak in the Senate chamber for the first time during the trial, with 10 minutes allotted to each of them to speechify. Noah Weiland, New York Times, "Impeachment Briefing: Closing Arguments," 3 Feb. 2020 In years past, realignment was fraught, as caucus-goers would (often loudly) cajole and speechify in an effort to convince their friends and neighbors to join their preferred candidate. Time, "Everything You Need to Know About How the Iowa Caucuses Work," 2 Feb. 2020 Of all the candidates, Warren had the easiest time answering questions directly and briefly rather than speechifying. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Some Minor Breakthroughs in the Unprecedented CNN Town Hall on L.G.B.T.Q. Rights," 11 Oct. 2019 Which brings me back to Papou Pete, who didn’t like speechifying politicians. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: Is Democrats’ decision on Trump impeachment real, or just more natural gas?," 25 Sep. 2019 The blocking is formal, with the actors often in stand-and-speechify mode. Washington Post, "In GALA’s ‘Life Is a Dream,’ freewheeling ideas but stiff storytelling," 15 Sep. 2019 Families sob and squabble and speechify to camera, but there are also educational infographics and maps showing responses sailing in from all over the world. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Reality TV Meets Crowdsourced Medicine in Netflix's Diagnosis," 16 Aug. 2019 A whole week of campaigning, speechifying and gaffe-ing hasn’t changed the lineup appreciably. Doyle Mcmanus, latimes.com, "We fled the country to escape news about Trump. We failed," 9 June 2019

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1723, in the meaning defined above

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“Speechify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speechify. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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