o·ra·tion (ô-rāshən, ō-rā-)
1. A formal speech, especially one given on a ceremonial occasion.
2. A speech delivered in a high-flown or pompous manner.
[Middle English oracion, prayer, from Late Latin ōrātiō, ōrātiōn-, from Latin, discourse, from ōrātus, past participle of ōrāre, to speak.]
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