A lecture is an oral presentation of a university or college teacher. "Lecture" can also refer to any speech given to educate or teach the person(s) spoken to. A politician's speech, a minister's sermon, or even a businessman's sales presentation may be similar in form to a lecture. Usually the lecturer will stand at the front of the room and recite information relevant to the lecture's content.
The corresponding verb is to lecture, which has actually two meanings:
- To teach, by giving a speech on a given topic.
- To berate, to scold.
Lecturing in parentingEdit
A lecture can be a lengthy rebuke, as in "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline". A parent or teacher may lecture a single child, one-to-one, or several children (e.g. siblings or classmates) together.
A lecture can be given instead of a punishment, or can precede a punishment so the child will know what exactly he or she is going to be punished for and why. Often, the lecture is felt to be worse than the actual punishment, and may bring the child to tears before the actual punishment has even started.
The noun "lecture" dates from 14th century, meaning "action of reading, that which is read," from the Latin lectus, pp. of legere "to read."
The proper art of spanking, a lecture, by Marilla Thackery (2018).
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