What does oratory mean?

Definitions for oratory
ˈɔr əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈɒr-or·a·to·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. oratorynoun

    addressing an audience formally (usually a long and rhetorical address and often pompous)

    "he loved the sound of his own oratory"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Oratorynoun

    Etymology: oratoria, ars, Lat.

    Each pasture stored with sheep feeding with sober security, while the pretty lambs with bleating oratory craved the dams comfort. Philip Sidney.

    When a world of men
    Could not prevail with all their oratory,
    Yet hath a woman’s kindness over-rul’d. William Shakespeare.

    When my oratory grew tow’rd end,
    I bid them that did love their country’s good,
    Cry, God save Richard. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    Sighs now breath’d
    Unutterable, which the spirit of pray’r
    Inspir’d, and wing’d for heav’n with speedier flight
    Than loudest oratory. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xi.

    By this kind of oratory and professing to decline their own inclinations and wishes, purely for peace and unity, they prevailed over those who were still surprised. Edward Hyde.

    The former who had to deal with a people of much more politeness, learning, and wit, laid the greatest weight of his oratory upon the strength of his arguments. Jonathan Swift.

    Come harmless characters, that no one hit,
    Come Henley’s oratory, Osborn’s wit. Alexander Pope.

    The Romans had seised upon the fleet of the Antiates, among which there were six armed with rostra, with which the consul Menenius adorned the publick place of oratory. Arb.

    They began to erect to themselves oratories not in any sumptuous or stately manner, which neither was possible by reason of the poor estate of the church, and had been perilous in regard of the world’s envy towards them. Richard Hooker.

    Do not omit thy prayers for want of a good oratory or place to pray in; nor thy duty for want of temporal encouragements. Jeremy Taylor, Guide to Devotion.


  1. Oratory

    Oratory is a type of public speaking.


  1. oratory

    Oratory is the art or practice of formal speaking in public, often characterized by its eloquence and the ability to persuade or inspire an audience. It can also refer to the physical space used for public speaking, such as a type of church or other formal speaking platform.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. oratory

    1. Chin-music with Prince Albert accompaniment. 2. The lullaby of the Intellect. 3. Palaver in a Prince Albert.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of oratory in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of oratory in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of oratory in a Sentence

  1. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska:

    He was doing fine with moral courage until he got to the head on the pike. That's where he lost me, he was moving right along with the good oratory, and then he got to a couple places and it was just unnecessary.

  2. Albert Einstein:

    There is an atmosphere of well-sounding oratory that likes to attach itself to dress clothes. Away with it

  3. Kun Guo:

    This is the first empirical experiment that will show dogs can integrate visual and oratory inputs to understand or differentiate human emotion as dog emotion.

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