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  Definition of speech
  1. the mental faculty or power of vocal communication; "language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals"
  2. a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father''s idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"
  3. words making up the dialogue of a play; "the actor forgot his speech"
  4. your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally; "his manner of speaking was quite abrupt"; "her speech was barren of southernisms"; "I detected a slight accent in his speech"
  5. (language) communication by word of mouth; "his speech was garbled"; "he uttered harsh language"; "he recorded the spoken language of the streets"
  6. the exchange of spoken words; "they were perfectly comfortable together without speech"
  7. something spoken; "he could hear them uttering merry speeches"
  8. the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience; "he listened to an address on minor Roman poets"
Similar Words: language, lecture, talking to, actor's line, words, manner of speaking, delivery, speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, voice communication, oral communication, address

 

Hyponyms: sermon, preaching, curtain lecture, aside, cue, monologue, soliloquy, throwaway, address, catch, tongue, shibboleth, tone, tone of voice, elocution, prosody, inflection, modulation, words, pronunciation, orthoepy, conversation, discussion, give-and-take, word, saying, expression, locution, non-standard speech, idiolect, spell, magic spell, charm, dictation, epilogue, epilog, allocution, colloquium, dithyramb, Gettysburg Address, impromptu, inaugural address, inaugural, lecture, public lecture, talk, litany, oratory, public speaking, speechmaking, speaking, oral presentation, discourse

 

Part Meronyms: dialogue, dialog, paralanguage, paralinguistic communication

 

Derivational Morphology: speak, talk, speechify, call on the carpet, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out, chew up, have words, lambaste, lambast, deliver, present, utter, mouth, verbalize, verbalise, address

 

Language Translations:
Dutch: spraak and toespraak   Finnish: puhe  
French: discours   German: Rede and Sprache  
Greek: ομiλία   Icelandic: mál and ræða  
Irish: caint   Italian: discorso and parola  
Japanese: 演説   Lithuanian: prakalba and šneka  
Portuguese: discurso and fala   Russian: речь  
Slovene: govor   Spanish: discurso and habla  
Swedish: tal   Telugu: ఉపన్యాసం  
 
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