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speechify Line breaks: speech|ify
Pronunciation: /ˈspiːtʃɪfʌɪ/

Definition of speechify in English:

verb (speechifies, speechifying, speechified)

[no object] (often as noun speechifying)
Deliver a speech, especially in a tedious or pompous way: the after-dinner speechifying begins
More example sentences
  • In the first act, every character embodies a political position, and all but Belle herself, who's too busy scrubbing floors and nursing her baby, spend a lot of time speechifying.
  • Thomas' talent for speechifying at news conferences dates to her career as a reporter.
  • You can, says Mark French of Leading Authorities, a top speaking agency, make a seven-figure income from speechifying alone.



Pronunciation: /spiːtʃɪfɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • I'd also suggest the text be reigned in vis-a-vis all the speechification and more of an effort be made by the actors to truly own their roles and not just play out easy stereotypes.
  • Captain Jessie paused a moment to take a breather from his speechification.
  • Listen to what some noted experts have had to say about that classic type of speechification, the Sunday sermon.


Pronunciation: /ˈspiːtʃɪfʌɪə/
Example sentences
  • On their celebrated departure many of the most eloquent speechifiers in the land delivered impassioned orations.
  • Actually, the poet and speechifier had been in him from boyhood: he liked to erect a platform in the barn and electrify himself with his own sermons.
  • It's been spouted by so many generations of professional speechifiers that it's easy to be immune to its propagandist agenda of cultural nationalism.

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