Is it true that the word "oration" can be used only to refer to speeches given at funerals?

No, it is not true. An "oration" is usually given on a ceremonial occasion. It needn't be something that is given only when someone dies. An oration is a public speech given by an individual who is generally well-known. The speech tends to be formal in nature. The subject matter chosen tends to be serious and the language used is very formal.

Here are a few examples.

* The Minister gave an oration on the importance of not smoking.

* I attended a lengthy funeral oration, and boy, was it boring.

• The audience listened to the Professor's skilled oration.

The stress, by the way, is on the second syllable "ra".

COURTESY : The Hindu (The National News-Paper) - India

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