1 speaking, talking, articulation, diction, language, expression, enunciation, elocution, speech pattern; communication:
His speech is marred by a lisp. Martha studied speech at a well-known drama school.
2 oration, address, lecture, talk, discourse, disquisition, sermon, homily; tirade, harangue, philippic; (sales) pitch, line, song and dance; Colloq spiel, blast:
Her speech left her audience awed with her knowledge of the subject. When the householder opens the door, you launch into your speech about the encyclopedia.
3 dialect, idiolect, jargon, parlance, idiom, façon de parler, language, tongue, Colloq lingo:
English speech varieties range from Scots to Cockney to Texan to Jamaican.
careful, clear, clipped | casual | impaired | slurred
She could tell by his slurred speech that he had been drinking.
| connected, continuous, fluent | natural, normal, ordinary | spontaneous | direct | indirect, reported | free
The demonstrators were demanding rights of assembly and free speech.
| conversational, everyday | children's, female, human, etc. | middle-class, working-class, etc.
VERB + SPEECH
Most people have speech, but significantly fewer have writing.
SPEECH + NOUN
act | style | defect, impairment, impediment | therapist, therapy | community
phonological variation in a speech community
Certain grammatical rules must be followed when describing a conversation in reported speech.
a figure of speech
When we talk about ‘selfish’ genes it is just a figure of speech.
| freedom of speech
the right of/to freedom of speech
| the power of speech
He temporarily lost the power of speech after the accident.
2 formal talk
brief, little, short | interminable, long, long-winded, rambling | keynote, major | eloquent, excellent, good | emotional, impassioned, rousing, stirring | boring | impromptu | public | televised | political | opening | closing | acceptance, after-dinner, Budget, campaign, conference, farewell, inaugural
The prizewinner gave an emotional acceptance speech. the Chancellor's Budget speech
her maiden speech in the House of Commons
VERB + SPEECH
deliver, give, make | broadcast
His speech was broadcast on national radio.
in a/the ~ | ~ about/on
She made a stirring campaign speech on improving the lot of the unemployed.
| ~ to
In her speech to the House of Commons, she outlined her vision of Britain in the 21st century.
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