- A long, eloquent speech is an example of oratory.
- A small chapel used for private worship is an example of an oratory.
- the art of an orator; skill or eloquence in public speaking
Origin of oratoryME oratorie < LL(Ec) oratorium, place of prayer < L oratorius, of an orator (in Eccles. use, of praying) < orator a 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 of oratoryMiddle English oratorie ; from Classical Latin oratoria
- The art of public speaking.
- Eloquence or skill in making speeches to the public.
- Public speaking marked by the use of overblown rhetoric.
Origin of oratoryLatin (ars) &omacron;rat&omacron;ria, (art) of speaking, feminine of &omacron;rat&omacron;rius, oratorical, from &omacron;rator, speaker, from &omacron;ratus, past participle of &omacron;rare, to speak.
- A place for prayer, such as a small private chapel.
- also Oratorya. A Roman Catholic religious society founded in 1575 by Saint Philip Neri and consisting of secular priests.b. A branch or church of this society.
Origin of oratoryMiddle English oratorie, from Old French, from Late Latin &omacron;rat&omacron;rium, place of prayer, from Latin, neuter of &omacron;rat&omacron;rius, for praying, from &omacron;rare, to pray.
From Latin ÅrÄtÅria, from the feminine of ÅrÄtÅrius (“oratorial").
From Anglo-Norman oratorie, Middle French oratoire, and their source, Late Latin ÅrÄtÅrium.