Definition of Public speaking

1. Noun. Delivering an address to a public audience. "People came to see the candidates and hear the speechmaking"

Exact synonyms: Oral Presentation, Speaking, Speechmaking
Specialized synonyms: Reading, Recital, Recitation, Debate, Disputation, Public Debate
Generic synonyms: Address, Speech
Derivative terms: Speak

Definition of Public speaking

1. Noun. speaking to a group of people in a structured manner; oratory ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Public Speaking

public relations
public relations man
public relations person
public school
public schools
public sector
public sectors
public security
public servant
public servants
public service
public service announcements
public services
public speaker
public speaking (current term)
public square
public telephone
public toilet
public transit
public transits
public transport
public transports
public treasury
public trust
public utility
public violence
public works

Literary usage of Public speaking

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Up from Slavery: An Autobiography by Booker T. Washington (1902)
"... CHAPTER XV THE SECRET OF SUCCESS IN public speaking A3 to how my address at Atlanta was received by the audience in the Exposition building, ..."

2. Register by University of California, Berkeley, California, University (1920)
"BAY VANDERVOORT, AB, Teaching Fellow in public speaking. ... B will be accepted as the equivalent of public speaking IA-! ..."

3. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1920)
"Successful methods of public speaking. i/i p. D (Pocket guides to public speaking) XY. Funk & W. $i n. The training of a public speaker. 259 p. ..."

4. Lessons in Elocution: Or, A Selection of Pieces, in Prose and Verse, for the by William Scott (1829)
"We can talk of life and death in cold blood, and keep our X.— On public speaking. ... public speaking ..."

5. The Nineteenth Century (1884)
"THE ART OF public speaking. IT is a significant fact that, notwithstanding the amount of public speaking in this country, in all classes, and the increasing ..."

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