2. Conventional means; spoken language


[Nouns] speech, faculty of speech; locution, talk, parlance, verbal intercourse, prolation, oral communication, word of mouth, parole, palaver, prattle; effusion.

oration, recitation, delivery, say, speech, lecture, harangue, sermon, tirade, formal speech, peroration; speechifying; soliloquy [more]; allocution [more]; interlocution [more]; salutatory [U.S.]; screed: valedictory [U.S.]. oratory; elocution, eloquence; rhetoric, declamation; grandiloquence, multiloquence; burst of eloquence; facundity; flow of words, command of words, command of language; copia verborum; power of speech, gift of the gab; usus loquendi.

speaker; spokesman; prolocutor, interlocutor; mouthpiece, Hermes; orator, oratrix, oratress; Demosthenes, Cicero; rhetorician; stump orator, platform orator; speechmaker, patterer, improvisatore.

[Verbs] speak of; say, utter, pronounce, deliver, give utterance to; utter forth, pour forth; breathe, let fall, come out with; rap out, blurt out; have on one's lips; have at the end of one's tongue, have at the tip of one's tongue.

break silence; open one's lips, open one's mouth; lift one's voice, raise one's voice; give the tongue, wag the tongue; talk, outspeak; put in a word or two.

hold forth; make a speech, deliver a speech; speechify, harangue, declaim, stump, flourish, recite, lecture, sermonize, discourse, be on one's legs; have one's say, say one's say; spout, rant, rave, vent one's fury, vent one's rage; expatiate (speak at length) [more]; speak one's mind, go on the stump, take the stump [U.S.].

soliloquize [more]; tell (inform) [more]; speak to [more]; talk together [more].

be eloquent; have a tongue in one's head, have the gift of the gab pass one's lips, escape one's lips; fall from the lips, fall from the mouth.

[Adjectives] speaking, spoken; oral, lingual, phonetic, not written, unwritten, outspoken; eloquent, elocutionary; oratorical, rhetorical; declamatory; grandiloquent [more]; talkative [more]; Ciceronian, nuncupative, Tullian.

[Adverbs] orally; by word of mouth, viva voce, from the lips of.

[Phrases] quoth he, said he; "action is eloquence" [Coriolanus]; "pour the full tide of eloquence along" [Pope]; "she speaks poignards and every word stabs" [Much Ado About Nothing]; "speech is but broken light upon the depth of the unspoken [G. Eliot]; "to try thy eloquence now 'tis time� [Antony and Cleopatra].

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