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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
speech (noun)
1.
a) the communication or expression of thoughts in spoken words
b) exchange of spoken words - conversation
2.
a) something that is spoken - utterance
b) a usually public discourse - address
3.
a) - language dialect
b) an individual manner or style of speaking
4.
the power of expressing or communicating thoughts by speaking
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
speech (noun)
1.
a usually formal discourse delivered to an audience
SYNONIMS:
address, declamation, harangue, oration, peroration, talk
RELATED WORDS:
diatribe, rant, tirade; eulogy, panegyric, tribute; keynote address ( keynote speech), lecture, salutatory; homily, sermon; monologue ( monolog), soliloquy; pitch, presentation, spiel
speech (noun)
2.
the stock of words, pronunciation, and grammar used by a people as their basic means of communication
SYNONIMS:
lingo, mother tongue, speech, tongue, vocabulary
RELATED WORDS:
acrolect; argot, cant, colloquial, dialect, idiolect, idiom, jargon, parlance, patois, patter, pidgin, slang, slanguage, vernacular; colloquialism, localism, provincialism, regionalism, shibboleth, vernacularism; terminology; coinage, modernism, neologism
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