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Definition of oration:

  1. 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.
  2. To deliver an oration.

Synonyms:

talk, utterance, address, disquisition, oratory, discourse, sermon, language, dissertation, lecture, harangue, prelection, words, declamation.

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