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Speech is the general word for utterance of thought in language . A speech may be the delivering of one's sentiments in the simplest way; an oration is an elaborate and prepared speech ; a harangue is a vehement appeal to passion, or a speech that has something disputatious and combative in it. A discourse is a set speech on a definite subject, intended to convey instruction. Compare CONVERSATION; DICTION; LANGUAGE.

Synonyms: address , address , discourse , disquisition , dissertation , harangue , language , oration , oratory , sermon , speaking , talk , utterance

Antonyms: hush , silence , speechlessness , stillness , taciturnity

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Synonyms: address , oration , harangue , discourse

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address, speech noun

the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience

"he listened to an address on minor Roman poets"

Synonyms: computer address , spoken communication , savoir-faire , delivery , reference , manner of speaking , actor's line , talking to , speech communication , words , voice communication , oral communication , lecture , address , language , spoken language , destination , name and address

speech, speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, language, voice communication, oral communication noun

(language) communication by word of mouth

"his speech was garbled"; "he uttered harsh language"; "he recorded the spoken language of the streets"

Synonyms: words , manner of speaking , spoken communication , terminology , delivery , linguistic process , actor's line , talking to , speech communication , lecture , voice communication , oral communication , lyric , linguistic communication , address , language , spoken language , nomenclature

  • speech noun

something spoken

"he could hear them uttering merry speeches"

Synonyms: words , manner of speaking , talking to , lecture , delivery , spoken language , oral communication , actor's line , spoken communication , address , speech communication , language , voice communication

the exchange of spoken words

"they were perfectly comfortable together without speech"

manner of speaking, speech, delivery noun

your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally

"his manner of speaking was quite abrupt"; "her speech was barren of southernisms"; "I detected a slight accent in his speech"

Synonyms: pitch , manner of speaking , oral communication , delivery , spoken communication , actor's line , talking to , speech communication , words , livery , voice communication , spoken language , obstetrical delivery , lecture , rescue , address , deliverance , language , legal transfer , bringing , saving

lecture, speech, talking to noun

a lengthy rebuke

"a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"

Synonyms: manner of speaking , spoken communication , talk , delivery , lecturing , actor's line , talking to , speech communication , words , voice communication , oral communication , public lecture , lecture , address , language , spoken language

actor's line, speech, words noun

words making up the dialogue of a play

"the actor forgot his speech"

Synonyms: manner of speaking , spoken communication , wrangle , run-in , delivery , actor's line , talking to , speech communication , words , voice communication , oral communication , quarrel , lecture , dustup , address , row , language , lyric , spoken language

language, speech noun

the mental faculty or power of vocal communication

"language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals"

Synonyms: nomenclature , spoken communication , terminology , delivery , linguistic process , actor's line , talking to , speech communication , words , voice communication , oral communication , lyric , linguistic communication , address , language , spoken language , manner of speaking , lecture

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homily noun

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Synonyms: articulate utterance

Synonyms: language , tongue , vernacular , idiom , dialect , LINGO

Synonyms: talk , parlance , verbal intercourse , oral communication

Synonyms: oration , discourse , address , harangue

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speech adjective

Synonyms: utterance , speaking , language , talk , conversation , parlance , words , tongue , dialect , patois , discourse , oration , address , plea , declamation , dissertation , epilogue , allocution , exhortation , disquisition , effusion , descant , harangue , diatribe , tirade , screed , rhapsody , philippic , invective , rant , soliloquy , monologue , dialogue , colloquy , trialogue , interlocution , improvisation , toast , equivocation , prevarication , quibbling , ambages , pseudology , amphibology , amphiboly , dilogy

Associated words: extempore , extemporaneous , extemporize , extemporization , impromptu , improvise , improvisation , brogue , aphasia , amnesia , oratory , elocution , rhetoric , oratorical , rhetorical , rhetorician , elocutionary , peroration , voluble , volubility , fluent , fluency

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List of paraphrases for "speech":

discourse , speeches , intervention , expression , address , discours , statement , discourses , floor , voice , speaking , rhetoric , talk , contribution , word , network , remarks , phrase , sermon , lecture , response , speak , term

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Investors don't like uncertainty and this speech has created a fair amount of uncertainty, we don't really know what is necessarily priced in, what level of detriment to all these industries is priced in.

Felix Delhomme :

People are sending a message that we're all together, we want to be able to maintain our freedom of speech. We are mostly concerned about the backlash there might be against the Muslim community. They're not more responsible for what happened than I am.

Jason Goldman :

So, for those who've cut the cord from cable and network TV: whether you use a smart TV, web browser, mobile device, or tablet, there's a way for you to watch the president's speech as it happens and on-demand.

Lovely Warren :

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William J. H. Boetcker :

Freedom of press and freedom of speech: What a blessing for a country while in the hands of honest, patriotic men; what a curse if in the hands of designing demagogues.

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Losing her speech made her feel isolated from humanity.

Synonyms: communication , conversation , parley , parlance

He expresses himself better in speech than in writing.

We waited for some speech that would indicate her true feelings.

Synonyms: talk , mention , comment , asseveration , assertion , observation

a fiery speech.

Synonyms: discourse , talk

  • any single utterance of an actor in the course of a play, motion picture, etc.

Synonyms: patois , tongue

Your slovenly speech is holding back your career.

  • a field of study devoted to the theory and practice of oral communication.
  • Archaic. rumor .

to have speech with somebody

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  • that which is spoken; utterance
  • a talk or address delivered to an audience
  • a person's characteristic manner of speaking
  • a national or regional language or dialect
  • linguistics another word for parole

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Kids are interacting with Alexas that can record their voice data and influence their speech and social development.

The attorney general delivered a controversial speech Wednesday.

For example, my company, Teknicks, is working with an online K-12 speech and occupational therapy provider.

Instead, it would give tech companies a powerful incentive to limit Brazilians’ freedom of speech at a time of political unrest.

However, the president did give a speech in Suresnes, France, the next day during a ceremony hosted by the American Battle Monuments Commission.

Those are troubling numbers, for unfettered speech is not incidental to a flourishing society.

There is no such thing as speech so hateful or offensive it somehow “justifies” or “legitimizes” the use of violence.

We need to recover and grow the idea that the proper answer to bad speech is more and better speech.

Tend to your own garden, to quote the great sage of free speech, Voltaire, and invite people to follow your example.

The simple, awful truth is that free speech has never been particularly popular in America.

Alessandro turned a grateful look on Ramona as he translated this speech, so in unison with Indian modes of thought and feeling.

And so this is why the clever performer cannot reproduce the effect of a speech of Demosthenes or Daniel Webster.

He said no more in words, but his little blue eyes had an eloquence that left nothing to mere speech.

After pondering over Mr. Blackbird's speech for a few moments he raised his head.

Albinia, I have refrained from speech as long as possible; but this is really too much!

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More about speech, what is speech .

Speech is the ability to express thoughts and emotions through vocal sounds and gestures. The act of doing this is also known as speech .

Speech is something only humans are capable of doing and this ability has contributed greatly to humanity’s ability to develop civilization. Speech allows humans to communicate much more complex information than animals are able to.

Almost all animals make sounds or noises with the intent to communicate with each other, such as mating calls and yelps of danger. However, animals aren’t actually talking to each other. That is, they aren’t forming sentences or sharing complicated information. Instead, they are making simple noises that trigger another animal’s natural instincts.

While speech does involve making noises, there is a lot more going on than simple grunts and growls. First, humans’ vocal machinery, such as our lungs, throat, vocal chords, and tongue, allows for a wide range of intricate sounds. Second, the human brain is incredibly complex, allowing humans to process vocal sounds and understand combinations of them as words and oral communication. The human brain is essential for speech . While chimpanzees and other apes have vocal organs similar to humans’, their brains are much less advanced and they are unable to learn speech .

Why is speech important?

The first records of the word speech come from before the year 900. It ultimately comes from the Old English word sprecan , meaning “to speak.” Scientists debate on the exact date that humanity first learned to speak, with estimates ranging from 50,000 to 2 million years ago.

Related to the concept of speech is the idea of language . A language is the collection of symbols, sounds, gestures, and anything else that a group of people use to communicate with each other, such as English, Swahili, and American Sign Language . Speech is actually using those things to orally communicate with someone else.

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But what about birds that “talk”? Parrots in particular are famous for their ability to say human words and sentences. Birds are incapable of speech . What they are actually doing is learning common sounds that humans make and mimicking them. They don’t actually understand what anything they are repeating actually means.

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Speech is essential to human communication.

Dutch is just enough like German that I can read text on signs and screens, but not enough that I can understand speech. — Clark Smith Cox III (@clarkcox) September 8, 2009
I can make squirrels so excited, I could almost swear they understand human speech! — Neil Oliver (@thecoastguy) July 20, 2020

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Definition of speech noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  • speaker noun
  • speech noun
  • spoken adjective (≠ unspoken)
  • Several people made speeches at the wedding.
  • She gave a rousing speech to the crowd.
  • speech on something to deliver a speech on human rights
  • speech about something He inspired everyone with a moving speech about tolerance and respect.
  • in a speech In his acceptance speech , the actor thanked his family.
  • a lecture on the Roman army
  • a course/​series of lectures
  • a televised presidential address
  • She gave an interesting talk on her visit to China.
  • to preach a sermon
  • a long/​short speech/​lecture/​address/​talk/​sermon
  • a keynote speech/​lecture/​address
  • to write/​prepare/​give/​deliver/​hear a(n) speech/​lecture/​address/​talk/​sermon
  • to attend/​go to a lecture/​talk
  • George Washington's inaugural speech
  • He made a speech about workers of the world uniting.
  • In a speech given last month, she hinted she would run for office.
  • She delivered the keynote speech (= main general speech) at the conference.
  • He wrote her party conference speech.
  • His 20-minute speech was interrupted several times by booing.
  • Her comments came ahead of a speech she will deliver on Thursday to business leaders.
  • She concluded her speech by thanking the audience.
  • He gave an impassioned speech broadcast nationwide.
  • We heard a speech by the author.
  • This is very unexpected—I haven't prepared a speech.
  • The guest speaker is ill so I have to do the opening speech.
  • He read his speech from a prompter.
  • the farewell speech given by George Washington
  • He made the comments in a nationally televised speech.
  • During his victory speech the President paid tribute to his defeated opponent.
  • In his concession speech, he urged his supporters to try to work with Republicans.
  • The Prime Minister addressed the nation in a televised speech.
  • He delivered his final speech to Congress.
  • He delivered the commencement speech at Notre Dame University.
  • His speech was broadcast on national radio.
  • In her speech to the House of Commons, she outlined her vision of Britain in the 21st century.
  • President Bush delivered his 2004 State of the Union speech.
  • She gave a speech on the economy.
  • She made a stirring campaign speech on improving the lot of the unemployed.
  • The President will deliver a major foreign-policy speech to the United Nations.
  • The candidates gave their standard stump speeches (= political campaign speeches) .
  • The prizewinner gave an emotional acceptance speech.
  • a Senate floor speech
  • her maiden speech (= her first) in the House of Commons
  • the Chancellor's Budget speech
  • the Prime Minister's speech-writers
  • She's been asked to give the after-dinner speech.
  • You will need to prepare an acceptance speech.
  • a political speech writer
  • in a/​the speech
  • speech about

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  • figure of speech

noun as in non-literal communication

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  • adumbration
  • alliteration
  • antistrophe
  • aposiopesis
  • exaggeration
  • malapropism
  • manner of speaking
  • onomatopoeia
  • personification
  • stylistic device
  • turn of phrase
  • understatement
  • way of speaking

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Words related to figure of speech are not direct synonyms, but are associated with the word figure of speech . Browse related words to learn more about word associations.

noun as in indirect reference; hint

  • casual remark
  • connotation
  • implication
  • incidental mention
  • insinuation
  • play on words

noun as in overstatement, embellishment

  • aggrandizement
  • amplification
  • elaboration
  • enlargement
  • extravagance
  • fabrication
  • flight of fancy
  • magnification
  • misjudgment
  • misrepresentation
  • overemphasis
  • overestimation
  • pretentiousness

noun as in exaggeration

  • hyperbolism
  • overstatement

On this page you'll find 58 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to figure of speech, such as: adumbration, allegory, alliteration, allusion, analogue, and analogy.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

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Kansas City Chiefs player Harrison Butker, pictured at a press conference in February, is in hot water for his recent commencement speech at Benedictine College in Kansas. Chris Unger/Getty Images hide caption

Kansas City Chiefs player Harrison Butker, pictured at a press conference in February, is in hot water for his recent commencement speech at Benedictine College in Kansas.

Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker stirred controversy off the field this weekend when he told a college graduating class that one of the "most important titles" a woman can hold is "homemaker."

Butker denounced abortion rights, Pride Month, COVID-19 lockdowns and "the tyranny of diversity, equity and inclusion" in his commencement address at Benedictine College, a Catholic liberal arts school in Atchison, Kan.

The 28-year-old, a devout Catholic and father of two, also railed against "dangerous gender ideologies" and urged men to "fight against the cultural emasculation of men." At one point, he addressed women specifically.

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"I want to speak directly to you briefly because I think it is you, the women, who have had the most diabolical lies told to you, how many of you are sitting here now about to cross the stage, and are thinking about all the promotions and titles you're going to get in your career," he said. "Some of you may go on to lead successful careers in the world. But I would venture to guess that the majority of you are most excited about your marriage and the children you will bring into this world."

Harrison Butker chokes up while discussing his wife, encouraging Benedictine College female grads to embrace motherhood. pic.twitter.com/qm73MBl0Hl — The College Fix (@CollegeFix) May 13, 2024

"I can tell you that my beautiful wife Isabelle would be the first to say that her life truly started when she began living her vocation as a wife and as a mother," Butker said.

The 20-minute speech has been viewed more than 455,000 times on YouTube since Saturday and generated considerable backlash — and memes — on social media, especially from people critical of his views on women. Many pointed out that Butker's own mom is a clinical medical physicist.

Butker also drew ire from fans of Taylor Swift, who is dating fellow Chiefs player Travis Kelce, a relationship that has famously helped bring many new female fans to the NFL. Later in the speech, he quoted Swift — though not by name — while talking about what he sees as the problem of priests becoming "overly familiar" with their parishioners.

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"This undue familiarity will prove to be problematic every time, because as my teammate's girlfriend says, 'Familiarity breeds contempt,' " he said, quoting a lyric from her song Bejeweled.

One Swift fan account joked about petitioning for the pop star to replace Butker as the Chiefs' kicker. A real online petition , calling for the Chiefs to dismiss Butker for his "sexist, homophobic, anti-trans, anti-abortion and racist remarks," has gained 95,000 signatures and counting since Monday.

Butker and the team have not commented publicly on his speech and the backlash to it, though late Wednesday the NFL issued a statement distancing itself from it.

"Harrison Butker gave a speech in his personal capacity," Jonathan Beane, the NFL's senior VP and chief diversity and inclusion officer told NPR on Thursday. "His views are not those of the NFL as an organization."

What else did Butker say?

Butker has been vocal about his faith, telling the Eternal Word Television Network in 2019 that he grew up Catholic but practiced less in high school and college before rediscovering his belief later in life.

Last year, Butker appeared in an ad for the nonprofit Catholic Vote urging Kansans to support a referendum that would limit abortion rights in the state (it was ultimately unsuccessful ). He's also one of several athletes who has partnered with a Catholic prayer app . And days after the Chiefs won this year's Super Bowl, Butker spent a week "in reflection" at a monastery in California.

He also gave the commencement address at his alma mater Georgia Tech last year, in which he urged students to "get married and start a family."

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This time around, Butker started his speech by suggesting he had been reluctant to give it: He said he originally turned down the president's invitation because he felt that one commencement speech was enough, "especially for someone who isn't a professional speaker."

He was persuaded, he said, in part by leadership's argument about how many milestones graduating seniors had missed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"As a group, you witnessed firsthand how bad leaders who don't stay in their lane can have a negative impact on society," he said in his opening remarks. "It is through this lens that I want to take stock of how we got to where we are and where we want to go as citizens, and yes, as Catholics."

He criticized President Biden for his handling of the pandemic and his stance on abortion, which he said falsely suggests people can simultaneously be "both Catholic and pro-choice."

Butker blamed "the pervasiveness of disorder" for the availability of procedures like abortion, IVF, surrogacy and euthanasia, as well as "a growing support for degenerate cultural values and media."

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6 in 10 U.S. Catholics are in favor of abortion rights, Pew Research report finds

At one point, he referenced an Associated Press article from earlier this month about the revival of conservative Catholicism that prominently featured Benedictine College as an example.

The school of roughly 2,000 gets top ratings from the Cardinal Newman Society , a nonprofit that promotes Catholic education in the U.S., for policies including offering daily mass and prohibiting campus speakers who "publicly oppose Catholic moral teaching."

"I am certain the reporters at the AP could not have imagined that their attempt to rebuke and embarrass places and people like those here at Benedictine wouldn't be met with anger, but instead with excitement and pride," Butker said, before making an apparent reference to LGBTQ Pride Month in June.

"Not the deadly sin sort of pride that has an entire month dedicated to it," he said, as laughter could be heard from the crowd.

How are people responding?

The official YouTube video of Butker's speech shows the crowd standing and applauding at the end, though the AP reports that reactions among graduates were mixed. Several told the outlet they were surprised by his comments about women, priests and LGTBQ people.

Kassidy Neuner told the AP that the speech felt "degrading," suggesting that only women can be homemakers.

"To point this out specifically that that's what we're looking forward to in life seems like our four years of hard work wasn't really important," said Neuner, who is planning on attending law school.

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Butker's comments have gotten some support, including on social media from football fan accounts and Christian and conservative media personalities .

"Christian men should be preaching this regularly," tweeted former NFL player T.J. Moe. "Instead, it's so taboo that when someone tells the obvious truth that anyone who holds a biblical worldview believes, it's national news."

Still, other public figures — including musicians Maren Morris and Flava Flav — were quick to disagree.

Even the official Kansas City account weighed in, tweeting on Wednesday that Butker resides not there but in a neighboring suburb, Lee's Summit. The tweet has since been deleted and the account apologized for the tweet .

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas tweeted that he believed Butker holds a "minority viewpoint" in the state but defended his right to express it.

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"Grown folks have opinions, even if they play sports," he wrote . "I disagree with many, but I recognize our right to different views."

Justice Horn, the former chair of Kansas City's LGBTQ Commission, was more critical, writing on X (formerly Twitter) that "Harrison Butker doesn't represent Kansas City nor has he ever." He called the city one that "welcomes, affirms and embraces our LGBTQ+ community members."

The Los Angeles Chargers also trolled Butker in its Sims-style schedule release video on Wednesday, which ends with a shot of his animated, number 7 jersey-wearing character cooking and arranging flowers in a kitchen.

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Meaning of speech in English

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speech noun ( SAY WORDS )

  • She suffers from a speech defect .
  • From her slow , deliberate speech I guessed she must be drunk .
  • Freedom of speech and freedom of thought were both denied under the dictatorship .
  • As a child , she had some speech problems .
  • We use these aids to develop speech in small children .
  • a problem shared is a problem halved idiom
  • banteringly
  • bull session
  • chew the fat idiom
  • conversation
  • conversational
  • put the world to rights idiom
  • take/lead someone on/to one side idiom
  • tête-à-tête

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speech noun ( FORMAL TALK )

  • talk She will give a talk on keeping kids safe on the internet.
  • lecture The lecture is entitled "War and the Modern American Presidency."
  • presentation We were given a presentation of progress made to date.
  • speech You might have to make a speech when you accept the award.
  • address He took the oath of office then delivered his inaugural address.
  • oration It was to become one of the most famous orations in American history.
  • Her speech was received with cheers and a standing ovation .
  • She closed the meeting with a short speech.
  • The vicar's forgetting his lines in the middle of the speech provided some good comedy .
  • Her speech caused outrage among the gay community .
  • She concluded the speech by reminding us of our responsibility .
  • call for papers
  • extemporize
  • maiden speech
  • presentation
  • talk at someone

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Harrison Butker gives another speech, says he meant every homophobic, sexist word

Harrison Butker gave another speech over the weekend, and he doubled down on his Benedictine College speech that was homophobic and misogynistic .

His most recent speech this weekend came at another educational institution, this time at the Regina Caeli Academy. The RCA is a growing network of Catholic hybrid homeschooling , which is becoming more and more popular with conservative and Christian parents.

The theme of the night was “Courage under fire.” Butker took the opportunity to espouse his own courage while failing to address the deeply homophobic, misogynist views he shared in his speech two weeks ago.

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It’s interesting that he would toot his own horn, given he said just two weeks ago that “pride” is a deadly sin.

“If it wasn’t clear that the timeless Catholic values are hated by many, it is now,” Butker said in his latest speech. “As to be expected, the more I’ve talked about what I value most, which is my Catholic faith, the more polarizing I’ve become. It’s a decision I’ve consciously made and one I do not regret at all.”

There was no doubt from the jump that Butker had thought through and carefully and thoughtfully chosen every word he said in that infamous speech that was full of awful views about the gays, trans people, women and more.

Yet his hiding behind his “Catholic faith” is undermined by the nuns at Benedictine College making very clear he is not speaking for the “Catholic faith.”

The anti-gay, anti-woman views Butker shared in his much-panned speech are his own. Hiding behind the Bible is simply a scapegoat, as the nuns made clear.

“Being courageous starts with the small things,” Butker said in his five-minute RCA speech. “Being disliked and mischaracterized by some is nothing compared to finding yourself in a lion’s den.”

A couple things to unpack there.

First, no one we’ve seen “mischaracterized” his speech. It was full of homophobia and misogyny. It was clear to me from his “stay in your lane” speech that he has a very particular view of where women belong in society. He also equated the LGBTQ community with a “deadly sin.”

Second, his mention of the “lion’s den” is a reference to the story of Daniel in the Bible .

At least Butker is consistent.

To be clear, I absolutely defend his ability to legally say whatever he wants. This is “a free country,” as I’m reminded by idiots on X.

Butker has the legal right to say what he wants. And so do I.

His view of Catholicism is awful. As the nuns have said, it is divisive at best. It’s also cruel.

Telling women they will be most happy in the kitchen? Who says that? Yet that is, in my opinion, what Butker said. To me, it couldn’t be more clear.

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Breaking Down Harrison Butker's Speech: Read the Chiefs Player's Most Controversial Comments

Fans are calling for Harrison Butker to be removed from the Chiefs' roster for the upcoming NFL season after his 20-minute commencement speech at Benedictine College

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Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker 's commencement speech at Benedictine College, a Catholic school, continues to cause outrage.

The NFL player's 20-minute address included attacks on working women, the LBGTQ+ community and families who utilize surrogacy and in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Butker and the Chiefs did not immediately return PEOPLE's requests for comment. In a statement, the NFL’s Chief Diversity Officer Jonathan Beane says, "Harrison Butker gave a speech in his personal capacity. His views are not those of the NFL as an organization. The NFL is steadfast in our commitment to inclusion, which only makes our league stronger.”

Former Kansas City commissioner Justice Horn went further, slamming Butker in a post on X (formerly known as Twitter). "Harrison Butker doesn’t represent Kansas City nor has he ever," he wrote . "Kansas City has always been a place that welcomes, affirms, and embraces our LGBTQ+ community members."

Rapper Flavor Flav chimed in, "Sounds like some players 'need to stay in their lanes' and shouldn’t be giving commencement speeches."

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Writer Cyd Zeigler wrote , "Pretty awful to hear an NFL player so proudly tell women to 'stay in their lane,' serve their man and make babies. Not to mention comparing Pride month to a 'deadly sin' and lobbing bombs at the trans community. Not a fan."

Amid the backlash, below is a breakdown of Butker's most controversial comments from the speech.

On Taylor Swift's Lyric

A portion of the outrage against Butker came from supporters of Taylor Swift after he shared one of her lyrics, which fans noticed he misinterpreted.

Butker quoted a lyric from Swift's 2022 song "Bejeweled," and referred to her as his teammate, Travis Kelce 's girlfriend.

"As my teammate's girlfriend would say, familiarity breeds contempt," Butker said when discussing the values of the Catholic Church.

What seemed to have been lost on Butker, however, is that the song's message is about Swift embracing her independence away from a former boyfriend.

On the Covid-19 Pandemic and President Joe Biden

At the start of his speech, Butker addressed how the class of 2024 was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic at the start of their college careers. The subject quickly transitioned into attacks on President Joe Biden and topics such as abortion, IVF, surrogacy and euthanasia.

"I'm sure your high school graduation was not what you had imagined and most likely neither was your first couple years of college. By making it to this moment through all the adversity thrown your way from COVID, I hope you learned the important lesson that suffering in this life is only temporary," he said. "As a group, you witnessed firsthand how bad leaders who don't stay in their lane can have a negative impact on society."

Butker went on: "Bad policies and poor leadership have negatively impacted major life issues. Things like abortion, IVF, surrogacy, euthanasia, as well as a growing support for degenerate cultural values in media, all stem from the pervasiveness of disorder. Our own nation is led by a man who publicly and proudly proclaims his Catholic faith, but at the same time is delusional enough to make the sign of the cross."

The Chiefs kicker continued his verbal attack on Biden, saying, "During a pro-abortion rally, he has been so vocal in his support for the murder of innocent babies that I'm sure to many people it appears that you can be both Catholic and pro-choice."

"This is an important reminder that being Catholic alone doesn't cut it. These are the sorts of things we're told in polite society to not bring up. The difficult and unpleasant things. But if we are going to be men and women for this time in history, we need to stop pretending that the 'Church of Nice' is a winning proposition. We must always speak and act in charity, but never mistake charity for cowardice."

He continued: "As members of the church founded by Jesus Christ, it is our duty and ultimately privilege to be authentically and unapologetically Catholic."

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On LGBTQ+ Pride

Butker then turned the focus of his speech to the Catholic values at Benedictine College. However, his sentiments attacked the LGBTQ+ and trans communities.

Butker said, "Benedictine has gone from just another liberal arts school with nothing to set it apart to a thriving beacon of light ... I'm certain the reporters at the AP could not have imagined that their attempt to rebuke and embarrass places and people like those here at Benedictine wouldn't be met with anger, but instead met with excitement and pride, not the deadly sin sort of pride that has an entire month dedicated to it, but the true God-centered pride that is cooperating with the Holy Ghost to glorify him."

On IVF and Surrogacy

Butker later attacked families who utilize IVF and surrogacy to have children, saying, "It is imperative that this class, this generation, in this time in our society must stop pretending that the things we see around us are normal."

"Heterodox ideas abound, even within Catholic circles. Let's be honest, there is nothing good about playing God with having children, whether that be your ideal number or the perfect time to conceive. No matter how you spin it, there is nothing natural about Catholic birth control. It is only in the past few years that I have grown encouraged to speak more boldly and directly because as I mentioned earlier, I have leaned into my vocation as a husband and father and as a man."

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On Working Women

In a direct address to the female graduates at Benedictine, Butker said, "For the ladies present today, congratulations on an amazing accomplishment. I want to speak directly to you briefly because I think it is you, the women, who have had the most diabolical lies told to you."

"Some of you may go on to lead successful careers in the world, but I would venture to guess that the majority of you are most excited about your marriage and the children you will bring into this world."

Of his spouse, Butker said, "I can tell you that my beautiful wife, Isabelle, would be the first to say that her life truly started when she began living her vocation as a wife and as a mother. I'm on this stage today and able to be the man I am because I have a wife who leans into her vocation. I'm beyond blessed with the many talents God has given me, but it cannot be overstated that all of my success is made possible because a girl I met in band class back in middle school, who would convert to the faith, become my wife and embrace one of the most important titles of all: homemaker."

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He continued, "I say all of this to you because I have seen firsthand how much happier someone can be when they disregard the outside noise and move closer and closer to God's will in their life. Isabelle's dream of having a career might not have come true, but if you asked her today if she has any regrets on her decision, she would laugh out loud without hesitation and say, heck no."

Several users on social media have pointed out , however, that Butker's mother, Elizabeth Butker, is a successful physicist at Emory University's Department of Radiation Oncology.

On Masculinity

Moving his focus to the male graduates in the room, Butker said, "To the gentlemen here today, part of what plagues our society is this lie that has been told to you that men are not necessary in the home or in our communities. As men, we set the tone of the culture. And when that is absent, disorder, dysfunction and chaos set in ..."

"Other countries do not have nearly the same absentee father rates as we find here in the U.S., and a correlation could be made in their drastically lower violence rates as well. Be unapologetic in your masculinity. Fight against the cultural emasculation of men. Do hard things. Never settle for what is easy. You might have a talent that you don't necessarily enjoy, but if it glorifies God, maybe you should lean into that over something that you might think suits you better."

Concluding his speech, Butker said, "I know that my message today had a little less fluff than is expected for these speeches, but I believe that this audience and this venue is the best place to speak openly and honestly about who we are and where we all want to go, which is heaven. I thank God for Benedictine College and for the example it provides to the world."

"Make no mistake, you are entering into mission territory in a post God world, but you are made for this and with God by your side and a constant striving for virtue within your vocation, you too can be a saint. Christ is king to the heights."

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One word in Chalmers's budget speech perhaps went unnoticed, but it could make all the difference for Labor's re-election

Analysis One word in Chalmers's budget speech perhaps went unnoticed, but it could make all the difference for Labor's re-election

Jim Chalmers after budget speech

There's one word that Australians doing it tough perhaps didn't hear Treasurer Jim Chalmers say in his budget speech this week.

It's an innocuous word, the kind that can easily be missed.

"Treasury is now forecasting inflation could return to target earlier, perhaps even by the end of this year," he said.

Imagine if Winston Churchill had opted for a qualifier like perhaps. 

"We shall perhaps fight on the beaches" doesn't quite have the same ring to it.

Nor does "I perhaps have a dream" or "I  perhaps will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man".

Granted, Chalmers wasn't seeking to go down in the annals of history, at least not with his speech.

Jim Chalmers, Anthony Albanese and Katy Gallagher laugh while holding budget papers

The treasurer has found himself in the invidious situation of having much to crow about but few people wanting to praise him for it. 

For the second year in a row, he landed a budget surplus , something those who sit opposite him in the parliament were unable to do once, let alone twice.

Surpluses are so rare in modern Australian history that it's been two decades since a federal government spent less than it earned in consecutive years.

"Look how well my budget is doing" is a hard pill to swallow for people with costs up the wazoo,  who are busy worrying how they're going to be able to keep a roof over their heads and food in their fridges. 

Chalmers' statement was deliberately not definitive — even if voters didn't hear the perhaps.

In doing so, Chalmers has set up a high-stakes gamble that if realised could bring with it a second term for his government. 

Labor's best path to re-election is with inflation easing, the Reserve Bank cutting rates at least once and voters feeling like a corner has been turned. If realised, Chalmers will be seeking the credit.

He'll perhaps be seeking anything but the credit if a pre-Christmas rate doesn't pan out. 

The curious cases of Andrew and Anthony

The headline announcements in the budget were $300 in energy bill relief for all households, capped pricing on PBS-listed medicines and a 10 per cent increase in Commonwealth Rent Assistance. 

Treasury forecasts the bill and rent relief alone will cut 0.5 percentage points off inflation in 2024-25, fuelling Chalmers's optimism that the Reserve Bank could cut rates before the election. 

The Coalition was quick to offer its support for all the government's cost-of-living measures , but that doesn't mean it didn't want to inflict some pain on Labor on the way through. 

Liberal frontbencher Paul Fletcher used Question Time to kill   two birds with one stone. Asking a veiled-hypothetical question, he wondered: If we take a typical Australian — let's call him Andrew — who recently had to relocate from Bellevue Hill to Parramatta for work reasons and happens to own five houses, including a newly acquired $12 million beach house at Palm Beach, will he be eligible to receive the rebate on all five houses?

That "typical Australian" sounded a whole lot like first-term Labor MP Andrew Charlton, who bought a house in Sydney's west after being pre-selected for the safe Labor seat. 

Despite supporting the measure, the Coalition have had no qualms in making clear that Australia's richest will be getting the energy bill relief on every house they own, a move Chalmers insists couldn't have been done any other way . Fletcher seemed to have forgotten that there were no shortage of politicians sitting behind him that will also receive a $300 rebate for each of the properties they own beyond their primary residencies. 

Even more problematic for Labor was the revelation on Thursday that financially vulnerable Australians stand to miss out on the full value of the bill relief, because the policy will slash the indexation of their welfare payments . 

The question about "Andrew" wasn't the only "hypothetical" question Labor faced in parliament this week.

Greens MP Max Chandler-Mather framed his question about a TOTALLY RANDOM landlord, who he called Anthony, who had both the power to raise the rent to whatever level he wants and to evict a tenant to sell the property and benefit from capital gains tax discounts.

That had NOTHING to do with the PM having spent his morning  explaining why he was booting the tenant in his Sydney rental property so he could sell it (that the tenant used to run a place called The Sausage Factory is a level of information that you simply can't make up).

Albanese, who now lives in the nation's fanciest public housing, deferred the question to the treasurer.

A day earlier he was in no mood to answer independent MP Monique Ryan's question about whether fossil fuel industry lobbyists or representatives were at a $5,000-a-head post-budget dinner that he is said to have attended. 

"I've stood and had the great honour of being the Australian Labor Party candidate in 10 elections. During those 10 elections as the candidate for Grayndler, I have spent less money on those 10 campaigns than the member for Kooyong did in her one," he shot back.

Anthony Albanese wears an orange Hermes tie while doing breakfast tv interviews

The only issues Albanese has been keen to talk about this week are the measures his government is taking to ease household living costs. 

He blitzed the media from morning to night on Wednesday, doing so in a dashing tie that has long caught the attention of eagle-eyed fashion observers.

The PM is no stranger to wearing the bright orange, embossed number, which we're all but certain is from the French luxury fashion house, Hermes (his office was in no mood to confirm that this week). 

Sadly for those seeking to buy it, the tie is no longer available on the company's website .

At $385, you'd also need more than the value of the energy rebate to pay for it. 

What else we've learned this week

Until this week, Labor's Future Made in Australia has felt more like a vibe than a policy with meat on the bones.

The budget went some way to fattening it up, with Labor outlining a raft of policies to drive investment in green manufacturing in Australia. 

After this week, it's clear that any reports the climate wars are dead have been greatly exaggerated , with our esteemed colleague Annabel Crabb noting the budget offers a preview of the fights to come in the next decade . 

Tensions within Labor are continuing to simmer with backbench senator Fatima Payman breaking ranks to accuse Israel of genocide in Gaza , comments Albanese has rebuked.

Late on Thursday the government struck a deal with the Greens to pass new emissions laws for vehicles , in return backing down on its plans to streamline offshore gas approvals.

But there was no deal to be made on laws that Labor, just weeks ago, was   insisting were urgent. Instead, the party ended the week quietly delaying its bid to gain extraordinary immigration powers . 

Perhaps the only thing more urgent than getting those powers was not having to talk about immigration detention, a policy that has haunted the government for the last six months, in the week of the budget.

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Louie Ruelas Has a Simple 6-Word Response to Questions About Joe Gorga Relationship

When Bill Aydin asked Luis "Louie" Ruelas a pointed question, he got right to the point.

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Watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey  Sundays at 8/7c on Bravo and stream next day on Peacock .

Teresa Giudice’s husband, Luis “Louie” Ruelas , admitted on The Real Housewives of New Jersey  that’s his go-to strategy when it comes to the topic of Joe Gorga.

At a charity ball game on  RHONJ Season 14, Episode 4,  Bill Aydin , Jennifer Aydin’s husband, asked Louie if he referred to Joe as his “brother-in-law.”

Louie’s six-word answer could not have been more direct or simple: “I don’t really talk about him,” he said tersely.

Why Louie Ruelas doesn’t talk about Joe Gorga

Teresa and Joe have a long-running family rift , and tension has been simmering between Louie and Joe since before the Season 13 reunion.

In advance of that dramatic gathering, Louie  claimed  that he allegedly hired “one of the most famous private investigators in the country” to get the scoop on everybody —  including  Joe and Melissa Gorga .

Teresa Giudice and Louie Ruelas pose in front of a step and repeat at BravoCon 2023.

Earlier this season,  Teresa learned from Jennifer Fessler that there was an alleged group meeting to pull together a counterattack to turn the tables on Louie.

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That whole group, Jennifer said , included " Jackie, not Evan , Margaret and Joe , Jeff and I , Melissa and Joe , and Rachel and John ."  

And, months later, the situation still hasn’t been resolved. In fact, the grudge appears to have gone into extra innings.

But for a charity softball game organized by team captain Dolores Catania pitting RHONJ cast members against Maimonides Hospital physicians and clinical staff, Louie and Joe were teammates.

Melissa Gorga and Joe Gorga posing together in front of a sunset in Aruba.

“This is my third year hosting the Battle for Brooklyn softball game,” Dolores said. “We raise more money every single year for Maimonides Hospital.”

Late in the game, the Housewives were behind. It became do-or-die time to rally. When Joe stepped up to the plate, there were spirited cries of  “Joe, where you at? Let’s go!” and “Get a f-ckn’ hit, Joe!”

Bill turned to Louie and said, with a laugh: “It’s your brother-in-law. Do you call him brother-in-law?”

Louie’s six-word answer could not have been simpler about his wife Teresa’s brother: “I don’t really talk about him,” he said and refused to say anymore about his relative.

Just as Louie was determined to keep Joe out of his mouth, the RHONJ   team was committed to victory. In the end, after a dramatic rally, Housewives won.

Dolores’ event raised $200,000 for a good cause. That’s worth talking about!

Find out more about Louie, Joe, and everyone’s ever-changing relationships on The Real Housewives of New Jersey , airing Sundays at 8/7c on Bravo .

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