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What is an oratorical speech?

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An oratorical speech is a speech delivered in the style of an orator. The term itself is somewhat redundant, as the words "oratorical" and "orator" both relate to the practice of giving speeches.

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What is an oratorical speech?
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According to Dictionary.com, the word orator means "a person who delivers an oration; a public speaker, especially one of great eloquence." Therefore, an oratorical speech would be one delivered especially eloquently. "Oration" also implies a speech that is generally given under special circumstances, such as a funeral, a graduation, a retirement party or a wedding. An oratorical speech would accordingly be a speech delivered for a special occasion.

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