Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun speech

8 senses of speech

Sense 1
address, speech -- (the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience; "he listened to an address on minor Roman poets")
       => speech act -- (the use of language to perform some act)

Sense 2
speech, speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, language, voice communication, oral communication -- ((language) communication by word of mouth; "his speech was garbled"; "he uttered harsh language"; "he recorded the spoken language of the streets")
       => auditory communication -- (communication that relies on hearing)

Sense 3
speech -- (something spoken; "he could hear them uttering merry speeches")
       => utterance, vocalization -- (the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication)

Sense 4
speech -- (the exchange of spoken words; "they were perfectly comfortable together without speech")
       => speaking, speech production -- (the utterance of intelligible speech)

Sense 5
manner of speaking, speech, delivery -- (your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally; "his manner of speaking was quite abrupt"; "her speech was barren of southernisms"; "I detected a slight accent in his speech")
       => expressive style, style -- (a way of expressing something (in language or art or music etc.) that is characteristic of a particular person or group of people or period; "all the reporters were expected to adopt the style of the newspaper")

Sense 6
lecture, speech, talking to -- (a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to")
       => rebuke, reproof, reproval, reprehension, reprimand -- (an act or expression of criticism and censure; "he had to take the rebuke with a smile on his face")

Sense 7
actor's line, speech, words -- (words making up the dialogue of a play; "the actor forgot his speech")
       => line -- (text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen; "the letter consisted of three short lines"; "there are six lines in every stanza")

Sense 8
language, speech -- (the mental faculty or power of vocal communication; "language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals")
       => faculty, mental faculty, module -- (one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind)

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