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English Dictionary: oration by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
oration
n
  1. an instance of oratory; "he delivered an oration on the decline of family values"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Oration \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}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Oration \O*ra"tion\, v. i.
      To deliver an oration. --Donne.
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