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 for Oration
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Oration \O*ra"tion\, v. i.
     To deliver an oration. --Donne.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
     [1913 Webster]
           The lord archbishop . . . made a long oration. --Bacon.
     [1913 Webster]
     Syn: Address; speech. See Harangue.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an instance of oratory; "he delivered an oration on the
           decline of family values"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  52 Moby Thesaurus words for "oration":
     address, after-dinner speech, allocution, chalk talk, debate,
     declamation, declaration, diatribe, discourse, eulogy, exhortation,
     filibuster, forensic, forensic address, formal speech,
     funeral oration, harangue, homily, hortatory address, inaugural,
     inaugural address, invective, jeremiad, lecture, monologue,
     panegyric, pep talk, peroration, philippic, pitch, prepared speech,
     prepared text, public speech, reading, recital, recitation,
     sales talk, salutatory, salutatory address, say, screed,
     set speech, speech, speechification, speeching, spiel, talk,
     talkathon, tirade, valediction, valedictory, valedictory address

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