American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To speak in a formal, often pompous manner.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make an oration; talk loftily; harangue.
- v. To speak formally; to give a speech.
- v. To speak passionately; to preach for or against something.
- v. talk pompously
- Back formation from oration, from Latin ōrātiō ("speech, discourse, oration"), from ōrātus ("spoken, orated"), from ōrō ("speak, pray"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin ōrāre, ōrāt-, to pray, speak publicly. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Sen. Obama, like many other politicians, uses teleprompters, so his great ability to orate is based mainly on his ability to read and not speak from the hip.”
“Nunzio told the defense attorney not to "orate" when making objections but to state his arguments, and he was irritated by Judge Alexander's aggressive behavior toward witnesses.”
“Certainly, those who were wont to "orate" in the building when it stood in Brompton would have failed to recognise the edifice as it arose in”
“Rather than orate alone in front of a camera, McDonnell took refuge in the Virginia House of [...]”
“The fact that individual reporters would still have rights to distribute homemade handbills or orate from a soapbox would mean little.”
“When pressed to orate—as in his farewell toast to his officers or when he returned his sword to Congress after the Revolutionary War—Washington uttered some fine phrases, but he didn't give a single speech to the Continental Congresses.”
“Yes, I have been to half a dozen of their meetings, but that doesn't make me a socialist any more than hearing Charley Hapgood orate made me”
“Requiring those filibustering to stand before cameras and orate gives them the opportunity for viewers of C-Span, Twitter, and the like to let the whole world see how brilliant they are.”
“For decades, senators who wanted to filibuster had to actually orate in the Senate chamber.”
“Would Martin Luther King Jr., if his mother had not taught him to stand up and recite scripture to her, have developed the courage and chari sma to orate, "I have a dream?”
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