Origin of orationMiddle English oracion from Classical Latin oratio from orare, to speak from Indo-European base an unverified form ?r-, to speak, call from source Classical Greek ara, prayer
An example of an oration is the best man at a wedding ceremony giving a speech about the couple.
- A formal speech, especially one given on a ceremonial occasion.
- A speech delivered in a high-flown or pompous manner.
Origin of orationMiddle English oracion prayer from Late Latin ōrātiō ōrātiōn- from Latin discourse from ōrātus past participle of ōrāre to speak
(third-person singular simple present orations, present participle orationing, simple past and past participle orationed)
- To deliver an oration; to speak.
- In 1612 he was employed by the duke as his envoy to Venice, where he distinguished himself by the congratulatory oration he delivered before the Venetian senate on the election of the new doge, Andrea Memmo.
- For an account of his life see the funeral oration by F.
- In 1667, the oration at the interment was forbidden by royal order.
- She was buried at St Denis, her funeral oration being pronounced by her friend Bossuet, and it was asserted that she had been poisoned by order of her husband.
- This Anastasius, in a pulpit oration which the patriarch himself is said to have prepared for him, caused great scandal to the partisans of the Marian cultus then beginning by saying, "Let no one call Mary the mother of God, for Mary was a human being; and that God should be born of a human being is impossible."