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Meaning of ORATION

Pronunciation:  ow'reyshun

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  an instance of oratory; "he delivered an oration on the decline of family values"

ORATION is a 7 letter word that starts with O.


 See Also: oratory, peroration



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \O*ra"tion\, n.[L. oratio, fr. orare to speak, utter,
    pray. See {Oral}, {Orison}.]
    An elaborate discourse, delivered in public, treating an
    important subject in a formal and dignified manner;
    especially, a discourse having reference to some special
    occasion, as a funeral, an anniversary, a celebration, or the
    like; -- distinguished from an argument in court, a popular
    harangue, a sermon, a lecture, etc.; as, Webster's oration at
    Bunker Hill.
          The lord archbishop . . . made a long oration. --Bacon.
    Syn: Address; speech. See {Harangue}.
  2. \O*ra"tion\, v. i.
    To deliver an oration. --Donne.
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