oratory [1] NOUN (pl. oratories) a small chapel for private worship.
oratory [2] NOUN 1) formal public speaking. 2) rhetorical or eloquent language.
DERIVATIVES oratorical adjective.

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  • Oratorical — Or a*tor ic*al, a. Of or pertaining to an orator or to oratory; characterized by oratory; rhetorical; becoming to an orator; as, an oratorical triumph; an oratorical essay. {Or a*tor ic*al*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oratorical — (adj.) 1610s, from L. oratorius (see ORATORY (Cf. oratory) (n.1)). Related: Oratorical; oratorically …   Etymology dictionary

  • oratorical — index flatulent, inflated (bombastic), nuncupative, orotund Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • oratorical — [ôr΄ə tôr′i kəl, är΄ə tôr′i kəl] adj. 1. of or characteristic of orators or oratory 2. given to oratory oratorically adv …   English World dictionary

  • oratorical — oratorically, adv. /awr euh tawr i keuhl, or euh tor /, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of an orator or oratory: His oratorical prowess has led to political success. 2. given to oratory: an oratorical speaker. [1610 20; ORATOR,… …   Universalium

  • oratorical — [[t]ɒ̱rətɒ̱rɪk(ə)l, AM ɔ͟ːrətɔ͟ːr [/t]] ADJ: ADJ n Oratorical means relating to or using oratory. [FORMAL] He reached oratorical heights which left him and some of his players in tears. Syn: rhetorical …   English dictionary

  • oratorical — adjective characteristic of an orator or oratory (Freq. 2) oratorical prose harangued his men in an oratorical way Robert Graves • Similar to: ↑rhetorical • Derivationally related forms: ↑orator, ↑oratory …   Useful english dictionary

  • oratorical — adjective he imitated the oratorical style of Churchill Syn: rhetorical, grandiloquent, magniloquent, high flown, orotund, bombastic, grandiose, pompous, pretentious, overblown, declamatory, turgid, flowery, florid, Ciceronian; informal , silver… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • oratorical — adjective Date: 1589 of, relating to, or characteristic of an orator or oratory • oratorically adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • oratorical — adjective of, or relating to oratory or an orator …   Wiktionary

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