Variant of oratory
- the art of an orator; skill or eloquence in public speaking
Origin: ME oratorie < LL(Ec) oratorium, place of prayer < L oratorius, of an orator (in Eccles. use, of praying) < oratora small chapel, esp. one for private prayer
- R.C.Ch. a religious society of secular priests, esp. that founded by Saint Philip Neri in 1564
Origin: Middle English oratorie from Classical Latin oratoria
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