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English noun: speech

1. speech (communication) the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience


SamplesHe listened to an address on minor Roman poets.


Synonymsaddress


Broader (hypernym)speech act


Narrower (hyponym)allocution, colloquium, discourse, dithyramb, impromptu, inaugural, inaugural address, lecture, litany, oral presentation, oratory, preaching, public lecture, public speaking, sermon, speaking, speechmaking, talk


Instance hyponymGettysburg Address


Part holonymbody, close, closing, conclusion, end, ending, introduction

2. speech (communication) (language) communication by word of mouth


SamplesHis speech was garbled.
He uttered harsh language.
He recorded the spoken language of the streets.


Synonymslanguage, oral communication, speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, voice communication


Broader (hypernym)auditory communication


Narrower (hyponym)charm, conversation, dictation, discussion, expression, give-and-take, idiolect, locution, magic spell, magical spell, monologue, monologue, non-standard speech, orthoepy, pronunciation, saying, soliloquy, spell, word, words


Domain categorylanguage, linguistic communication

3. speech (communication) something spoken


SamplesHe could hear them uttering merry speeches.


Broader (hypernym)utterance, vocalization

4. speech (communication) the exchange of spoken words


SamplesThey were perfectly comfortable together without speech.


Broader (hypernym)speaking, speech production

5. speech (communication) your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally


SamplesHis manner of speaking was quite abrupt.
Her speech was barren of southernisms.
I detected a slight accent in his speech.


Synonymsdelivery, manner of speaking


Broader (hypernym)expressive style, style


Narrower (hyponym)address, catch, elocution, inflection, inflection, modulation, prosody, shibboleth, tone, tone of voice, tongue


Part meronymparalanguage, paralinguistic communication

6. speech (communication) a lengthy rebuke


SamplesA good lecture was my father's idea of discipline.
The teacher gave him a talking to.


Synonymslecture, talking to


Broader (hypernym)rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval


Narrower (hyponym)curtain lecture, preaching, sermon

7. speech (communication) words making up the dialogue of a play


SamplesThe actor forgot his speech.


Synonymsactor's line, words


Broader (hypernym)line


Narrower (hyponym)aside, cue, monologue, soliloquy, throwaway


Part meronymdialog, dialogue

8. speech (cognition) the mental faculty or power of vocal communication


SamplesLanguage sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals.


Synonymslanguage


Broader (hypernym)faculty, mental faculty, module


Part holonymlexicon, lexis, mental lexicon, vocabulary


Domain category membersverbalise, verbalize









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