speech act

Definitions of speech act
  1. noun
    the use of language to perform some act
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    congratulation, felicitation
    the act of acknowledging that someone has an occasion for celebration
    slander
    words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
    proposal, proposition
    the act of making a proposal
    bid, bidding, command, dictation
    an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
    agreement
    the verbal act of agreeing
    citation
    (law) the act of citing (as of spoken words or written passages or legal precedents etc.)
    disagreement
    the speech act of disagreeing or arguing or disputing
    offer, offering
    the verbal act of offering
    asking, request
    the verbal act of requesting
    reply, response
    the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange
    description
    the act of describing something
    affirmation, assertion, statement
    the act of affirming or asserting or stating something
    denial
    the act of refusing to comply (as with a request)
    rejection
    the speech act of rejecting
    objection
    the speech act of objecting
    informing, making known
    a speech act that conveys information
    disclosure, revealing, revelation
    the act of making something evident
    promise
    a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future
    boast, boasting, jactitation, self-praise
    speaking of yourself in superlatives
    naming
    the verbal act of naming
    challenge, gauntlet
    a call to engage in a contest or fight
    explanation
    the act of explaining; making something plain or intelligible
    denouncement, denunciation
    a public act of denouncing
    address, speech
    the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience
    resignation
    the act of giving up (a claim or office or possession etc.)
    counterblast
    a vigorous and unrestrained response
    mud
    slanderous remarks or charges
    singing, tattle, telling
    disclosing information or giving evidence about another
    presentation
    the act of presenting a proposal
    countermand
    a contrary command cancelling or reversing a previous command
    order
    (often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed
    charge, commission, direction, mandate
    a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something
    commandment
    something that is commanded
    injunction
    a formal command or admonition
    behest
    an authoritative command or request
    open sesame
    a magical command; used by Ali Baba
    acquiescence, assent
    agreement with a statement or proposal to do something
    concurrence, concurrency
    agreement of results or opinions
    accord, accordance, conformity
    concurrence of opinion
    collusion, connivance
    agreement on a secret plot
    accession, assenting
    agreeing with or consenting to (often unwillingly)
    subscription
    agreement expressed by (or as if expressed by) signing your name
    confirmation, ratification
    making something valid by formally ratifying or confirming it
    concord, concordance, harmony
    agreement of opinions
    endorsement, indorsement, second, secondment
    a speech seconding a motion
    confrontation, encounter, face-off, showdown
    a hostile disagreement face-to-face
    dissidence
    disagreement; especially disagreement with the government
    dissent
    a difference of opinion
    nonconformity
    lack of harmony or correspondence
    discord, dissension
    disagreement among those expected to cooperate
    conflict, difference, difference of opinion, dispute
    a disagreement or argument about something important
    notice, notification
    a request for payment
    indirect request, wish
    an expression of some desire or inclination
    invitation
    a request (spoken or written) to participate or be present or take part in something
    appeal, entreaty, prayer
    earnest or urgent request
    orison, petition, prayer
    reverent petition to a deity
    call
    a request
    billing, charge
    request for payment of a debt
    trick or treat
    a request by children on Halloween; they pass from door to door asking for goodies and threatening to play tricks on those who refuse
    inquiring, questioning
    a request for information
    non sequitur
    a reply that has no relevance to what preceded it
    comeback, counter, rejoinder, replication, retort, return, riposte
    a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)
    echo
    a reply that repeats what has just been said
    answer
    the speech act of replying to a question
    characterisation, characterization
    the act of describing distinctive characteristics or essential features
    label
    a brief description given for purposes of identification
    detailing, particularisation, particularization
    an individualized description of a particular instance
    sketch, vignette
    a brief literary description
    say-so
    one chap's arbitrary assertion
    abnegation
    the denial and rejection of a doctrine or belief
    naysaying
    the act of saying no to a request
    negative
    a reply of denial
    refusal
    the act of refusing
    disavowal, disclaimer
    denial of any connection with or knowledge of
    renunciation, repudiation
    rejecting or disowning or disclaiming as invalid
    rebuff, repulse, snub
    an instance of driving away or warding off
    short shrift, summary treatment
    a brief and unsympathetic rejection
    challenge
    a formal objection to the selection of a particular person as a juror
    complaint
    an expression of grievance or resentment
    demur, demurral, demurrer
    (law) a formal objection to an opponent's pleadings
    dissent
    (law) the difference of one judge's opinion from that of the majority
    exception
    grounds for adverse criticism
    beef, bitch, gripe, kick, squawk
    informal terms for objecting
    protest, protestation
    a formal and solemn declaration of objection
    protest
    the act of making a strong public expression of disagreement and disapproval
    apprisal, notification, telling
    informing by words
    divine revelation, revelation
    communication of knowledge to man by a divine or supernatural agency
    display
    behavior that makes your feelings public
    divulgement, divulgence
    the act of disclosing something that was secret or private
    discovery
    something that is discovered
    discovery
    (law) compulsory pretrial disclosure of documents relevant to a case; enables one side in a litigation to elicit information from the other side concerning the facts in the case
    giveaway
    an unintentional disclosure
    informing, ratting
    to furnish incriminating evidence to an officer of the law (usually in return for favors)
    leak, news leak
    unauthorized (especially deliberate) disclosure of confidential information
    exposure
    the disclosure of something secret
    concession
    a point conceded or yielded
    intro, introduction, presentation
    formally making a person known to another or to the public
    briefing
    detailed instructions, as for a military operation
    account, report
    the act of informing by verbal report
    warning
    a message informing of danger
    oath
    a solemn promise, usually invoking a divine witness, regarding your future acts or behavior
    parole, word, word of honor
    a promise
    betrothal, engagement, troth
    a mutual promise to marry
    pinning
    a mutual promise of a couple not to date anyone else; on college campuses it was once signaled by the giving of a fraternity pin
    rain check
    a promise that an unaccepted offer will be renewed in the future
    brag, bragging, crow, crowing, gasconade, line-shooting, vaporing
    an instance of boastful talk
    bluster, braggadocio, rhodomontade, rodomontade
    vain and empty boasting
    vaunt
    extravagant self-praise
    self-assertion
    the act of putting forth your own opinions in a boastful or inconsiderate manner that implies you feel superior to others
    acrophony
    naming a letter of the alphabet by using a word whose initial sound is the sound represented by that letter
    numeration
    naming numbers
    denotation, indication
    the act of indicating or pointing out by name
    specification
    the act of naming explicitly
    dare, daring
    a challenge to do something dangerous or foolhardy
    confrontation
    a bold challenge
    call-out
    a challenge to a fight or duel
    defiance
    a hostile challenge
    calling into question, demand for explanation
    a challenge to defend what someone has said
    demand for identification
    as by a sentry
    gantlet, gauntlet
    to offer or accept a challenge
    elucidation
    an act of explaining that serves to clear up and cast light on
    explication
    the act of making clear or removing obscurity from the meaning of a word or symbol or expression etc.
    excoriation
    severe censure
    diatribe, fulmination
    thunderous verbal attack
    broadside, philippic, tirade
    a speech of violent denunciation
    condemnation, curse, execration
    an appeal to some supernatural power to inflict evil on someone or some group
    allocution
    (rhetoric) a formal or authoritative address that advises or exhorts
    colloquium
    an address to an academic meeting or seminar
    dithyramb
    a wildly enthusiastic speech or piece of writing
    impromptu
    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
    litany
    any long and tedious address or recital
    oratory
    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)
    abdication, stepping down
    a formal resignation and renunciation of powers
    renouncement, renunciation
    an act (spoken or written) declaring that something is surrendered or disowned
    order
    a request for something to be made, supplied, or served
    callback, recall
    a request by the manufacturer of a defective product to return the product (as for replacement or repair)
    type of:
    act, deed, human action, human activity
    something that people do or cause to happen
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