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    revolutionary speech

    Hi,
    I'm looking for an appropriate collocation for "revolutionary speech".
    When someone makes a speech about serious issues, mostly with critisining and quarrelling.

    Thank you.
    Please correct my mistakes if you encounter any.

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    #2

    Re: revolutionary speech

    ​inflammatory, tub-thumping, provocative, rabble-rousing?

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    Re: revolutionary speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Narkises View Post
    Hi,
    I'm looking for an appropriate collocation for "revolutionary speech", when someone makes a speech about serious issues, mostly with lots of criticizing and shouting. quarrelling.
    Thank you.
    Are you looking for a verb, other than the standard "deliver", that collocates with "revolutionary speech?"

    Edit: Cross-posted. I think Piscean's answer has taken care of it.

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    Re: revolutionary speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    ​inflammatory, tub-thumping, provocative, rabble-rousing?
    When I looked these words up in my dictionary, I found that none of them is suitable. They express the speaker wants to make people angry. And I reckon they are negative adjectives. I need a positive one.
    Is "revolutionary speech" used in English? Does it make sense?
    Please correct my mistakes if you encounter any.

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    #5

    Re: revolutionary speech

    It's not a common collocation for me. Perhaps just a "rousing speech" would work. That generally suggests to me that it makes the audience enthusiastic, probably about something positive. It has nothing to do with it being "revolutionary" though.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: revolutionary speech

    In fairness to Piscean's reply, you did mention the following in your initial post!
    Quote Originally Posted by Narkises View Post
    mostly with critisizing and quarreling.
    Quote Originally Posted by Narkises View Post
    Is "revolutionary speech" used in English? Does it make sense?
    Yes and yes.

    Check out the ngram for it:
    https://books.google.com/ngrams/grap...speech%3B%2Cc0

    And you might be interested in this sticky thread too:
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...4-Using-Ngrams

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    Re: revolutionary speech

    Note the correct spelling of "criticising" (BrE) or "criticizing" (AmE).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: revolutionary speech

    I agree with emsr2d2's Post #5. To me, "revolutionary" connotes the speech being ground-breaking, daring and highly unconventional - potentially all positive attributes.

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    #9

    Re: revolutionary speech

    Finally, I chose "rousing speech".
    Thanks to all of you.
    Please correct my mistakes if you encounter any.

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