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speech

noun address, allocution, articulation, audible expression, colloquy, confabulation, conversation, declaration, delivery, dialect, diction, discourse, enunciation, expression, idiom, interlocution, language, lecture, lingo, locution, oral communication, oral expression, oration, oratory, palaver, parlance, phonation, phraseology, prattle, pronouncement, pronunciation, recital, recitation, rhetoric, say, sermon, spoken language, spoken word, statement, talk, tongue, utterance, verbal exxression, verbal intercourse, vocalization, words
Associated concepts: First Amendment, freedom of speech
Foreign phrases: Lubricum linguae non facile trahendum est in poenam.A slip of the tongue ought not readily be subjected to punishment.
See also: declamation, discourse, language, parlance, peroration, phraseology, remark

SPEECH. A formal discourse in public.
     2. The liberty of speech is guaranteed to members of the legislature, to counsel in court in debate.
     3. The reduction of a speech to writing and its publication is a libel, if the matter contained in it is libelous; and the repetition of it upon occasions not warranted by law, when the matter is slanderous, will be slander and. tho character of the speaker will be no protection to him from an action. 1 M. & S. 273; 1 Esp. C. 226 Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t. See Debate; Liberty of speech.

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Walters' speech was finished, he introduced them to the school.
The supper was almost gay and a particularly clever speech of the representative of the government, mingling the glories of the past with the successes of the future, caused the greatest cordiality to prevail.
He had been fascinated from boyhood by his father's system of "Visible Speech.
At the end of his speech the king looked tenderly around upon the people.
Weren't you pleased to hear your husband make such a good speech to-day?
Upon this, another chieftain, called Gray Eyes, made a speech, and declared that they could readily supply Mr.
Only Count Rostov was pleased with them as he had been pleased with those of the naval officer, the senator, and in general with whatever speech he had last heard.
Brooke on this occasion little thought of the Radical speech which, at a later period, he was led to make on the incomes of the bishops.
While the boy had been talking several other people had approached the wagon and listened intently to his speech.
cautioned the Scarecrow "wait, until Jellia translates my speech.
Then the personal note in his last speech had produced a serious effect on her, and all the time she felt that her silence was emboldening him, as indeed it was.
And Jerry, lacking articulate speech, had no way of telling him of the thirst of which he was perishing.