Oratory meaning

ôrə-tôrē, ŏr-
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The art of public speaking.
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Eloquence or skill in making speeches to the public.
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The art of an orator; skill or eloquence in public speaking.
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Public speaking marked by the use of overblown rhetoric.
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(uncountable) The art of public speaking, especially in a formal, expressive, or forceful manner.
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Oratory is the practice of speaking effectively in public, or a small private chapel.

A long, eloquent speech is an example of oratory.

A small chapel used for private worship is an example of an oratory.

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A place for prayer, such as a small private chapel.
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A small chapel, esp. one for private prayer.
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A religious society of secular priests, esp. that founded by Saint Philip Neri in 1564
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(uncountable) Eloquence; the quality of artistry and persuasiveness in speech or writing.
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(countable) A private chapel.
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(countable) A large Roman Catholic church.
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Origin of oratory

  • Latin (ars) ōrātōria (art) of speaking feminine of ōrātōrius oratorical from ōrātor speaker from ōrātus past participle of ōrāre to speak

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English oratorie from Old French from Late Latin ōrātōrium place of prayer from Latin neuter of ōrātōrius for praying from ōrāre to pray

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman oratorie, Middle French oratoire, and their source, Late Latin ōrātōrium.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Latin ōrātōria, from the feminine of ōrātōrius (“oratorial").

    From Wiktionary