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Another word for speech

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Noun
  1. The faculty, act, or product of speaking

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    words

  2. Spoken exchange

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    words

  3. A usually formal oral communication to an audience

      1. Empty speech or unnecessary discussion:
      2. Something, such as the sounds of animals, felt to resemble human talk:
      3. Hearsay, rumor, or speculation:
      1. A speech delivered in a high-flown or pompous manner.
      2. A formal speech, especially one given on a ceremonial occasion.
      1. A lengthy rebuke or scolding
      2. An informative talk given as before an audience or class and usually prepared beforehand
      3. The text of such a talk
      1. A recitation delivered as an exercise in rhetoric or elocution.
      2. A speech, poem, etc. that is or can be declaimed
      3. A speech marked by strong feeling; a tirade.
      1. (Law) A statement that is made by a defendant before a sentence is pronounced.
      2. A formal address, esp. one warning or advising with authority
      3. A formal and authoritative speech; an address.
      1. The manner or bearing of a person, especially in conversation.
      2. The location at which a particular organization or person may be found or reached:
      3. A description of the location of a person or organization, as written or printed on mail as directions for delivery:
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    words

  4. A system of terms used by a people sharing a history and culture

      1. (Linguistics) Language as a system rather than language in use, including the formal rules, structures, and limitations of language.
      1. The native language or dialect of a country or place
      2. The common, nonscientific name of a plant or animal.
      3. The everyday language spoken by a people as distinguished from the literary language.
      1. The human tongue as the organ of speech
      2. In the Bible, a nation or people speaking a distinct language: Rev. 7:9
      3. A language or dialect
      1. Body language; kinesics.
      2. A system of signs, symbols, gestures, or rules used in communicating:
      3. A particular manner of expression:
      1. A language considered as part of a larger family of languages or a linguistic branch. Not in scientific use:
      2. The manner or style of expressing oneself in language or the arts.
      3. A regional or social variety of a language distinguished by pronunciation, grammar, or vocabulary, especially a variety of speech differing from the standard literary language or speech pattern of the culture in which it exists:
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Another word for speech

Noun
  1. Language

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    language

  2. The power of audible expression

      1. Communication, such as e-mail and cell phone calls, between people who are involved in terrorism or espionage, as monitored by a government agency.
      2. One who chats
      3. Idle, trivial talk.
      1. Sexual intercourse.
      2. Dealings or communications between persons or groups.
      1. Speech, especially a conversation or parley.
      2. (Archaic) Conversation; esp., parley or debate
      3. A certain way of speaking, of using words, especially when it comes to those with a particular job or interest.
      1. Childish babble
      2. Idle or meaningless chatter; babble.
      3. Silly, childish, talk; babble.
      1. A means of communicating, especially:
      2. A passage or way for getting from one place to another
      3. A giving or exchanging of information, signals, or messages as by talk, gestures, or writing
      1. A negotiation or discussion concerning matters in dispute, especially in the traditional cultures of West Africa.
      2. A conference or discussion, as orig. between indigenous Africans and European explorers or traders
      3. Talk intended to charm or beguile.
      1. The act of enunciating, announcing, proclaiming, or making known; open attestation; declaration; as, the enunciation of an important truth.
      2. That which is enunciated or announced; words in which a proposition is expressed; an announcement; a formal declaration; a statement.
      3. Mode of utterance or pronunciation, especially as regards fullness and distinctness or articulation; as, to speak with a clear or impressive enunciation.
      1. A particular style of speech; phraseology
      2. A word, phrase, or expression
      3. A particular word, phrase, or expression, especially one that is used by a particular person or group.
      1. The act of expressing, conveying, or representing in words, art, music, or movement; a manifestation:
      2. Something that expresses or communicates:
      3. A facial aspect or a look that conveys a special feeling:
      1. Any of the accepted or standard ways of pronouncing a word, etc.
      2. A graphic representation of the way a word is spoken, using phonetic symbols.
      3. The act or manner of pronouncing syllables, words, and phrases with regard to the production of sounds and the placing of stress, intonation, etc.
      1. Manner of speaking or singing; enunciation
      2. Degree of clarity and distinctness of pronunciation in speech or singing; enunciation.
      3. Manner of expression in words; choice of words; wording
      1. The moving of articulators to produce speech sounds
      2. The way in which parts are joined together
      3. A speech sound, especially a consonant.
      1. (Obs.) Familiarity based on study or use
      2. The exchange of thoughts and feelings by means of speech or sign language:
      3. Familiar talk; verbal exchange of ideas, opinions, etc.
      1. A long and formal treatment of a subject, in speech or writing; lecture; treatise; dissertation
      2. A formal, lengthy treatment of a subject, either written or spoken.
      3. Communication of ideas, information, etc., esp. by talking; conversation
      1. Something uttered or expressed; a statement.
      2. The ability to speak.
      3. That which is uttered; esp., a word or words uttered, whether written or spoken
      1. Empty speech or unnecessary discussion:
      2. Something, such as the sounds of animals, felt to resemble human talk:
      3. Hearsay, rumor, or speculation:
  3. An address

      1. A lengthy or extravagant speech or argument usually intended to persuade.
      2. A talk, speech, or harangue, as in persuading or selling
      1. A speech of exhortation, as to a team or staff, meant to instill enthusiasm or bolster morale.
      2. (Colloquial) A rallying speech made to instill enthusiasm and boost confidence
      3. (Informal) A talk, as to an athletic team by its coach, designed to instill enthusiasm, determination, etc.
      1. A creative work, especially a musical composition numbered to designate the order of a composer's works.
      1. A speech, as at a political convention, that sets forth the main ideas of a policy or platform
      2. An opening address, as at a political convention, that outlines the issues to be considered.
      1. A place or an occasion used for political or campaign oratory:
      2. A short, pointed roll of leather or paper or wad of rubber for rubbing on a charcoal or pencil drawing to shade or soften it.
      3. A pointed roll of leather or paper used for shading drawings in charcoal, pencil, crayon, pastel, etc.
      1. Short-term debt instruments, especially commercial paper.
      2. A single piece or sheet of paper
      3. A wrapper made of paper, often with its contents:
      1. A farewell or parting address.
      2. A speech given by a valedictorian at a graduation or commencement ceremony.
      3. A closing or farewell statement or address, especially one delivered at graduation exercises.
      1. A film, usually short, about a foreign or out-of-the-way place, esp. one that emphasizes the place's unusual or glamorous aspects
      2. A lecture on travels, usually accompanied by the showing of pictures
      3. A description of someone's travels, given in the form of narrative, public lecture, slide show or motion picture.
      1. A form of words serving as a greeting or, esp., as the opening of a letter, as “Dear Sir”
      2. The act of greeting, addressing, or welcoming by gestures or words
      3. A word or phrase of greeting used to begin a letter or message.
      1. A prayer or other formula used in invoking, as at the opening of a religious service.
      2. The act of calling on God, a god, a saint, the Muses, etc. for blessing, help, inspiration, support, or the like
      3. The act or an instance of invoking, especially an appeal to a higher power for assistance.
      1. A quality in a person or thing that arouses interest, sympathy, desire, etc.; attraction
      2. A call upon some authority or person for a decision, opinion, etc.
      3. A resort to a higher authority or greater power, as for sanction, corroboration, or a decision:
      1. The act or art of declaiming
      2. A speech marked by strong feeling; a tirade.
      3. A speech, poem, etc. that is or can be declaimed
      1. A narrative of historical events of which one has personal experience:
      2. Something having the force of a comment, remark, or illustration
      3. A series of explanatory notes or annotations, often forming a treatise on a text
      1. High praise or commendation.
      2. A laudatory speech or written tribute, especially one praising someone who has died.
      3. Speech or writing in praise of a person, event, or thing; esp., a formal speech praising a person who has recently died
      1. The act or an instance of exhorting.
      2. A plea, sermon, etc. that exhorts
      3. A speech or discourse that encourages, incites, or earnestly advises.
      1. A bitter, abusive denunciation.
      2. A bitter, abusive criticism or denunciation
      1. Cotton, or any soft, fibrous material, used as stuffing for garments; stuffing; padding.
      2. (Figuratively) High-sounding words; a pompous or ostentatious manner of writing or speaking; language above the dignity of the occasion.
      3. Talk or writing that sounds grand or important but has little meaning; pompous language
      1. Elaborate praise or laudation; an encomium.
      2. A formal speech or opus publicly praising someone or something.
      3. A formal speech or piece of writing praising a person or event
      1. A long angry speech, usually of a censorious or denunciatory nature; a diatribe.
      2. A long, vehement speech, esp. one of denunciation; harangue
      1. A style of speaking or writing, especially the language of a particular subject:
      2. Artificial eloquence; language that is showy and elaborate but largely empty of clear ideas or sincere emotion
      3. The art of using words effectively or persuasively in speaking or writing; esp., now, the art of prose composition
      1. Something, such as the sounds of animals, felt to resemble human talk:
      2. Empty speech or unnecessary discussion:
      3. A particular manner of speech:
      1. An allocating or being allocated
      2. A thing or amount allocated
      1. The material so presented.
      2. A piece of prose or verse memorized for this
      3. The act of publicly reciting something previously memorized.
      1. A solemn, moralizing talk or writing, esp. if long or dull
      2. A moralizing lecture or admonition that is often tedious or condescending.
      3. A sermon, especially one intended to explain the practical and moral implications of a particular scriptural passage.
      1. A formal and lengthy discourse or treatise on some subject, esp. one based on original research and written in partial fulfillment of requirements for a doctorate
      1. An often lengthy and tedious speech of reproof or exhortation:
      2. Any serious talk on behavior, responsibility, etc., esp. a long, tedious one
      3. A lecture given as instruction in religion or morals, esp. by a priest, minister, or rabbi during services, using a text from Scripture
      1. A place for prayer, such as a small private chapel.
      2. A small chapel, esp. one for private prayer
      3. Public speaking marked by the use of overblown rhetoric.
      1. A long, blustering, noisy, or scolding speech; tirade
      2. A long pompous speech, especially one delivered before a gathering.
      3. A speech or piece of writing characterized by strong feeling or expression; a tirade.
      1. A lengthy, formal discourse that analyses or explains some topic; a dissertation or treatise.
      2. A formal discussion of some subject, often in writing; discourse or treatise
      1. A name or number used in information storage or retrieval assigned to or identifying a specific memory location.
      2. The location at which a particular organization or person may be found or reached:
      3. A description of the location of a person or organization, as written or printed on mail as directions for delivery:
      1. A speech delivered in a high-flown or pompous manner.
      2. A formal speech, especially one given on a ceremonial occasion.
      1. A long and formal treatment of a subject, in speech or writing; lecture; treatise; dissertation
      2. Communication of ideas, information, etc., esp. by talking; conversation
      3. A formal, lengthy treatment of a subject, either written or spoken.
      1. A lengthy rebuke or scolding
      2. The text of such a talk
      3. An informative talk given as before an audience or class and usually prepared beforehand

Synonym Study

  • A sermon is a speech by a clergyman intended to give religious or moral instruction and usually based on Scriptural text
  • Talk suggests informality and is applied either to an impromptu speech or to an address or lecture in which the speaker deliberately uses a simple, conversational approach
  • A lecture is a carefully prepared speech intended to inform or instruct the audience a lecture to a college class
  • Oration suggests an eloquent, rhetorical, sometimes merely bombastic speech, esp. one delivered on some special occasion political orations
  • Address implies a formal, carefully prepared speech and usually attributes importance to the speaker or the speech an address to a legislature
  • Speech is the general word for a discourse delivered to an audience, whether prepared or impromptu