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One who makes a speech.

speech′mak′ing n.
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  1. An after-dinner speech is like a love letter. Ideally, you should begin by not knowing what you are going to say, and end by not knowing what you’ve said —Lord Jowitt
  2. Eloquence must flow like a stream that is fed by an abundant spring —Henry St. John, Viscount Bolinbroke
  3. A good speech is like a pencil; it has to have a point like a breathless messenger’s report —James Atlas
  4. Great eloquence, like a flame, must have fuel to feed it, motion to excite it, and brightens by burning —Tacitus

    William Pitt the Younger is often credited with coining this simile, which was in fact a paraphrase from an unknown source: “It is with eloquence as with a flame; it requires fuel to feed it, motion to excite it, and brightens as it burns.”

  5. His speech was like a tangled chain; nothing impaired, but all disordered —William Shakespeare
  6. Human speech is like a cracked tin kettle, on which we hammer out tunes to make tears dance when we long to move the stars —Gustave Flaubert
  7. Make a speech that’s like a long-horned steer, with a point here and there and a lot of bull in between —Norman Mailer
  8. Oratory, like the drama, abhors lengthiness; like the drama, it must keep doing —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  9. Pompous words and long pauses which lie like a leaden pain over fever —Norman Mailer

    The pompous words and pauses were heard by Mailer at the 1960 Democratic convention.

  10. Rhetoric without logic is like a tree with leaves and blossoms, but no root —John Selden
  11. Sermons are like pie crusts, the shorter the better —Austin O’Malley
  12. Speeches are like babies: easy to conceive, hard to deliver —Pat O’Malley
  13. Speeches forgotten, like a maiden speech, which all men praise, but none remember —Winthrop Mackworth Praed
  14. A speech is like a love affair. Any fool can start it, but to end it requires considerable skill —Lord Mancroft, Reader’s Digest, February, 1967
  15. A speech is like an airplane engine. It may sound like hell but you’ve got to go on —William Thomas Piper

    Piper’s involvement with airplanes makes this particularly appropriate.

  16. Speech is shallow as time —Thomas Carlyle
  17. Speech is silver; silence is golden —Thomas Carlyle
  18. The speech of men is like embroidered tapestries, since, like them, it must be extended in order to display its patterns; but, when it is rolled up, it conceals and distorts them —Plutarch
  19. The speech … took shape in his head as clearly and precisely as if it were an official report —Leo Tolstoy
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Speechmaking - delivering an address to a public audiencespeechmaking - delivering an address to a public audience; "people came to see the candidates and hear the speechmaking"
recitation, recital, reading - a public instance of reciting or repeating (from memory) something prepared in advance; "the program included songs and recitations of well-loved poems"
speech, address - the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience; "he listened to an address on minor Roman poets"
disputation, public debate, debate - the formal presentation of a stated proposition and the opposition to it (usually followed by a vote)
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[ˈspiːtʃˌmeɪkɪŋ] N
1. (= making of speeches) → pronunciación f de discursos
2. (= speeches collectively) → discursos mpl
3. (pej) = speechifying
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[ˈspiːtʃˌmeɪkɪŋ] n (slightly) (pej) → discorsi mpl d'occasione
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SPEECHMAKING COMPETITION The first heat of the annual Primary Schools Speechmaking competition, organised by The Rotary Club of Dumfries, was held in St Andrew's Primary School recently.
Al Sayed stressed the important role of the toastmasters clubs in consecrating speechmaking as a technique to develop and manifest future leaders among the young generations.
The blindly ambitious Gavin Williamson made his first ever foray into speechmaking as a Minister yesterday and declared that Russia "should go away and shut up".
Her remarkable speechmaking skills shine brightly in this volume finally freed from the constraints of her husband who kept her speeches brief and usually unrecorded, and was once heard to say: oNow I have a rival, but I am glad she is my wife.o ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)
"Basically I just go around and kind of take money away from people who've got it and give it to people who don't"- Bill Clinton on his speechmaking routine.
However, some scholars may take issue with this study in that, by avoiding the historical context of American religious and political speechmaking, it presents the president's imagination and its effects in something of a vacuum.
Brown's foot-in-mouth "bigot" gaffe is unlikely to be repeated by a calmer Miliband and the strategy devised by Peter Mandelson and Alastair Campbell neutralised Irn Broon's greatest appeal: speechmaking.
Adjourning to the hospital and schoolroom, some speechmaking was indulged in.
Our elected members bump up their income with all manner of activities, from TV appearances to writing books, speechmaking to directorships.
Rather that than all that speechmaking stuff that no one really needs nor is it any more relevant than the shibboleths and sermons of the last half a century, present incumbents reading with mind-boggling insincerity from the very same script.