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  3  definitions  found 
  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. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  an  instance  of  oratory;  "he  delivered  an  oration  on  the 
  decline  of  family  values" 

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