Webster 1913 Edition
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.;
orationat Bunker Hill
The lord archbishop . . . made a long
Syn. – Address; speech. See
To deliver an oration.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.A speech or discourse composed according to the rules of oratory, and spoken in public. Orations may be reduced to three kinds; demonstrative, deliberative, and judicial.
2.In modern usage, an oration differs from a sermon, from an argument at the bar, and from a speech before a deliberative assembly. The word is now applied chiefly to discourses pronounced on special occasions, as a funeral oration, an oration on some anniversary, &c. and to academic declamations.
3.A harangue; a public speech or address.
oration (plural orations)
- A formal ceremonial speech.
- A specific form of short, solemn prayer in Roman Catholic rite said by the president of the liturgical celebration for the sake of the people.
oration (third-person singular simple present orations, present participle orationing, simple past and past participle orationed)
- To deliver an oration; to speak.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Donne to this entry?)