(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. declamation, elocution; recital, lesson. See speech.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [The act of reciting]
Syn. delivery, speaking, playing, narrating, reading, recounting, declaiming, discoursing, soliloquizing, discussion, holding forth, performance, recital, narration, rehearsal, monologue, discourse.
2. [A class meeting for recitation of answers]
Syn. quiz period, recitation period, examination, oral questioning, schoolroom exercise, discussion hour, class discussion; see also class 3 .
3. [A composition used for recitation, sense 1]
Syn. soliloquy, monologue, speech, address, oration, talk, proclamation, poetry, reading selection, sermon, appeal, report, performance piece; see also speech 3 , writing 2 .

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