Speech

Definition of Speech

n.1.The faculty of uttering articulate sounds or words; the faculty of expressing thoughts by words or articulate sounds; the power of speaking.
There is none comparable to the variety of instructive expressions by speech, wherewith man alone is endowed for the communication of his thoughts.
- Holder.
2.he act of speaking; that which is spoken; words, as expressing ideas; language; conversation.
O goode God! how gentle and how kind
Ye seemed by your speech and your visage
The day that maked was our marriage.
- Chaucer.
The acts of God . . . to human ears
Can nort without process of speech be told.
- Milton.
3.A particular language, as distinct from others; a tongue; a dialect.
People of a strange speech and of an hard language.
- Ezek. iii. 6.
4.Talk; mention; common saying.
The duke . . . did of me demand
What was the speech among the Londoners
Concerning the French journey.
- Shak.
5.formal discourse in public; oration; harangue.
The constant design of these orators, in all their speeches, was to drive some one particular point.
- Swift.
6.ny declaration of thoughts.
I. with leave of speech implored, . . . replied.
- Milton.
v. i. & t.1.To make a speech; to harangue.

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