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.
- For an account of his life see the funeral oration by F.
- 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.
- In 1667, the oration at the interment was forbidden by royal order.
- His oration at Plymouth, on the 22nd of December 1820, on the second centennial anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims, placed him in this rank.
- 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.