Other forms: speeches

When you say something out loud, that's speech. When you give a speech, you say a lot of things in front of a group. Maybe you should open with a joke?

The ability to produce and understand speech in complex ways has long been considered part of what separates humans from other animals. "Freedom of speech" is the right to express your thoughts and opinions publicly. Adjectives, nouns and verbs are "parts of speech." By the way: speech is a noun.

Definitions of speech
  1. noun
    (language) communication by word of mouth
    “his speech was garbled”
    synonyms: language, oral communication, speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, voice communication
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    the words that are spoken
    orthoepy, pronunciation
    the way a word or a language is customarily spoken
    the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas or information etc.
    discussion, give-and-take, word
    an exchange of views on some topic
    expression, locution, saying
    a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations
    non-standard speech
    speech that differs from the usual accepted, easily recognizable speech of native adult members of a speech community
    the language or speech of one individual at a particular period in life
    a long utterance by one person (especially one that prevents others from participating in the conversation)
    charm, magic spell, magical spell, spell
    a verbal formula believed to have magical force
    speech intended for reproduction in writing
    monologue, soliloquy
    speech you make to yourself
    one of the eight sayings of Jesus at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount; in Latin each saying begins with `beatus' (blessed)
    a saying of Jesus that is regarded as authentic although it is not recorded in the Gospels
    calque, calque formation, loan translation
    an expression introduced into one language by translating it from another language
    advice and consent
    a legal expression in the United States Constitution that allows the Senate to constrain the President's powers of appointment and treaty-making
    an expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context
    an inoffensive or indirect expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive or too harsh
    an offensive or disparaging expression that is substituted for an inoffensive one
    an expression of disappointment or irritation
    Received Pronunciation
    the approved pronunciation of British English; originally based on the King's English as spoken at public schools and at Oxford and Cambridge Universities (and widely accepted elsewhere in Britain); until recently it was the pronunciation of English used in British broadcasting
    tongue twister
    an expression that is difficult to articulate clearly
    a lively or heated interchange of ideas and opinions
    phatic communication, phatic speech
    conversational speech used to communicate sociability more than information
    a mutual expression of views (especially an unpleasant one)
    chat, confab, confabulation, schmoose, schmooze
    an informal conversation
    gossiping, gossipmongering
    a conversation that spreads personal information about other people
    talk, talking
    an exchange of ideas via conversation
    inconsequential conversation
    social exchange, especially of opinions, attitudes, etc.
    formal conversation
    argument, argumentation, debate
    a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal
    voluble conversation
    rap session
    conversation in a situation where feelings can be expressed and criticized or supported
    second-hand speech
    overheard conversation (especially overheard cellphone conversation)
    table talk
    conversation during a meal
    telephone conversation
    a conversation over the telephone
    a private conversation between two people
    (usually plural) discussion of all sides of a question
    conference, group discussion
    a discussion among participants who have an agreed (serious) topic
    panel discussion
    discussion of a subject of public interest by a group of persons forming a panel usually before an audience
    post-mortem, postmortem
    discussion of an event after it has occurred
    public discussion, ventilation
    free and open discussion of (or debate on) some question of public interest
    dialogue, negotiation, talks
    a discussion intended to produce an agreement
    anatomical, anatomical reference
    an expression that relates to anatomy
    a locution or pronunciation peculiar to the southern United States
    catchword, motto, shibboleth, slogan
    a favorite saying of a sect or political group
    axiom, maxim
    a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits
    epigram, quip
    a witty saying
    adage, byword, proverb, saw
    a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people
    idiom, idiomatic expression, phrasal idiom, phrase, set phrase
    an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
    sayings of Jesus not recorded in the canonical Gospels
    a correct expression that takes the place of a popular but incorrect expression
    baby talk, babytalk
    the developing speech of a young child
    baby talk, babytalk, motherese
    an adult's imitation of the speech of a young child
    accent, dialect, idiom
    the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people
    a phrase or pronunciation that is peculiar to a particular locality
    a feature (as a pronunciation or expression or custom) that is characteristic of a particular region
    language characterized by terseness and ellipsis as in telegrams
    the everyday speech of the people (as distinguished from literary language)
    argot, cant, jargon, lingo, patois, slang, vernacular
    a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)
    slang, slang expression, slang term
    informal language consisting of words and expressions that are not considered appropriate for formal occasions; often vituperative or vulgar
    conjuration, incantation
    a ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect
    curse, hex, jinx, whammy
    an evil spell
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    auditory communication
    communication that relies on hearing
  2. noun
    the exchange of spoken words
    “they were perfectly comfortable together without speech
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    speaking, speech production
    the utterance of intelligible speech
  3. noun
    a lengthy rebuke
    synonyms: lecture, talking to
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    preaching, sermon
    a moralistic rebuke
    curtain lecture
    a private lecture to a husband by his wife
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    rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval
    an act or expression of criticism and censure
  4. noun
    something spoken
    “he could hear them uttering merry speeches
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    utterance, vocalization
    the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication
  5. noun
    the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience
    synonyms: address
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    Gettysburg Address
    a three-minute address by Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War at the dedication of a national cemetery on the site of the Battle of Gettysburg (November 19, 1863)
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    (rhetoric) a formal or authoritative address that advises or exhorts
    an address to an academic meeting or seminar
    a wildly enthusiastic speech or piece of writing
    an extemporaneous speech or remark
    inaugural, inaugural address
    an address delivered at an inaugural ceremony (especially by a United States president)
    lecture, public lecture, talk
    a speech that is open to the public
    any long and tedious address or recital
    addressing an audience formally (usually a long and rhetorical address and often pompous)
    oral presentation, public speaking, speaking, speechmaking
    delivering an address to a public audience
    discourse, preaching, sermon
    an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)
    reading, recital, recitation
    a public instance of reciting or repeating (from memory) something prepared in advance
    keynote address, keynote speech
    a speech setting forth the keynote
    nominating address, nominating speech, nomination
    an address (usually at a political convention) proposing the name of a candidate to run for election
    an instance of oratory
    debate, disputation, public debate
    the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote)
    vehement oratory
    epideictic oratory
    a type of oratory used to eulogize or condemn a person or group of people
    stump speech
    political oratory
    salutatory, salutatory address, salutatory oration
    an opening or welcoming statement (especially one delivered at graduation exercises)
    valediction, valedictory, valedictory address, valedictory oration
    a farewell oration (especially one delivered during graduation exercises by an outstanding member of a graduating class)
    a farewell sermon to a graduating class at their commencement ceremonies
    kerugma, kerygma
    preaching the gospel of Christ in the manner of the early church
    zealous preaching and advocacy of the gospel
    homily, preachment
    a sermon on a moral or religious topic
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    speech act
    the use of language to perform some act
  6. noun
    words making up the dialogue of a play
    “the actor forgot his speech
    synonyms: actor's line, words
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    a line spoken by an actor to the audience but not intended for others on the stage
    an actor's line that immediately precedes and serves as a reminder for some action or speech
    a (usually long) dramatic speech by a single actor
    a (usually long) dramatic speech intended to give the illusion of unspoken reflections
    words spoken in a casual way with conscious under-emphasis
    prompt, prompting
    a cue given to a performer (usually the beginning of the next line to be spoken)
    type of:
    text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen
  7. noun
    your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally
    “her speech was barren of southernisms”
    “I detected a slight accent in his speech
    synonyms: delivery, manner of speaking
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    the manner of speaking to another individual
    a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)
    a manner of speaking
    a manner of speaking that is distinctive of a particular group of people
    tone, tone of voice
    the quality of a person's voice
    an expert manner of speaking involving control of voice and gesture
    inflection, prosody
    the patterns of stress and intonation in a language
    inflection, modulation
    a manner of speaking in which the loudness or pitch or tone of the voice is modified
    sharp tongue
    a bitter or critical manner of speaking
    a tone of voice that shows what the speaker is feeling
    rotundity, roundness
    the fullness of a tone of voice
    a quiet or hushed tone of voice
    cadence, intonation, modulation, pitch contour
    rise and fall of the voice pitch
    a break or pause (usually for sense) in the middle of a verse line
    enjambement, enjambment
    the continuation of a syntactic unit from one line of verse into the next line without a pause
    accent, emphasis, stress
    the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch)
    rhythm, speech rhythm
    the arrangement of spoken words alternating stressed and unstressed elements
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    expressive style, style
    a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period
  8. noun
    the mental faculty or power of vocal communication
    synonyms: language
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    faculty, mental faculty, module
    one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind




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