ora·tion /əˈreʃən, ɔ-/
O·ra·tion, v. i. To deliver an oration.
O·ra·tion n. An elaborate discourse, delivered in public, treating an important subject in a formal and dignified manner; especially, a discourse having reference to some special occasion, as a funeral, an anniversary, a celebration, or the like; -- distinguished from an argument in court, a popular harangue, a sermon, a lecture, etc.; as, Webster's oration at Bunker Hill.
The lord archbishop . . . made a long oration. --Bacon.
Syn: -- Address; speech. See Harangue.
n : an instance of oratory; "he delivered an oration on the
decline of family values"