Speech vs Lecture - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between speech and lecture

is that speech is (uncountable) the faculty of speech; the ability to speak or to use vocalizations to communicate while lecture is (senseid) a spoken lesson or exposition, usually delivered to a group.

As a verb lecture is

(senseid)(ambitransitive) to teach (somebody) by giving a speech on a given topic.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(wikipedia speech)
  • (label) The faculty of uttering articulate sounds or words; the ability to speak or to use vocalizations to communicate.
  • * , chapter=12
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=All this was extraordinarily distasteful to Churchill. It was ugly, gross. Never before had he felt such repulsion when the vicar displayed his characteristic bluntness or coarseness of speech . In the present connexion […] such talk had been distressingly out of place.}}
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  • (label) A session of speaking; a long oral message given publicly usually by one person.
  • * (Jonathan Swift) (1667–1745)
  • The constant design of these orators, in all their speeches , was to drive some one particular point.
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  • A style of speaking.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2014-04-21, volume=411, issue=8884, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Subtle effects , passage=Manganism has been known about since the 19th century, when miners exposed to ores containing manganese, a silvery metal, began to totter, slur their speech and behave like someone inebriated.}}
  • A dialect or language.
  • * Bible, (w) iii. 6
  • people of a strange speech
  • Talk; mention; rumour.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • The dukedid of me demand / What was the speech among the Londoners / Concerning the French journey.

    Derived terms

    * after-dinner speech * byspeech * figure of speech * pressure of speech * pressured speech * speech recognition * speechwriter




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    (en noun)
  • (senseid) A spoken lesson or exposition, usually delivered to a group.
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  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=1 , passage=The stories did not seem to me to touch life. […] They left me with the impression of a well-delivered stereopticon lecture , with characters about as life-like as the shadows on the screen, and whisking on and off, at the mercy of the operator.}}
  • A berating or scolding.
  • (obsolete) The act of reading.
  • Verb

  • (senseid)(ambitransitive) To teach (somebody) by giving a speech on a given topic.
  • To preach, to berate, to scold.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=(Gary Younge)
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=18, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Hypocrisy lies at heart of Manning prosecution , passage=The dispatches […] also exposed the blatant discrepancy between the west's professed values and actual foreign policies. Having lectured the Arab world about democracy for years, its collusion in suppressing freedom was undeniable as protesters were met by weaponry and tear gas made in the west, employed by a military trained by westerners.}}


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    Derived terms

    * lecturer