- of the nature of, resembling, or suggesting an oracle: an oracular response.
- giving forth utterances or decisions as if by special inspiration or authority.
- uttered or delivered as if divinely inspired or infallible; sententious.
- ambiguous; obscure.
- portentous; ominous.
Origin of oracular
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1. prophetic. 2. authoritative, dogmatic. 4. equivocal.
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Examples from the Web for oracular
They make the Court an oracular interpreter of the 225-year-old Constitution that serves as the most basic American law.God Save the United States From This Anti-Democratic Court
June 22, 2014
His comments are aphoristic or oracular, but often infused with wit.Stephen Hawking 70th-Birthday Salute
January 8, 2012
Greenspan cultivated an oracular air, his utterances vague and technocratic yet hinting at shamanistic powers.Bernanke's Arrogance Problem
December 6, 2010
It assumes to be prophetical, and its utterances are oracular.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
"Anybody can do it, when once they know how," so ran this oracular document.A Tangled Tale
And Marion delivered this speech with a most oracular and pretentious tone.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
"You are neither of you right, as usual," said little Potts, in his oracular way.Potts's Painless Cure
Margaret was oracular and mysterious, and looked like a thundercloud.Daisy
- of or relating to an oracleApollo had his oracular shrine at Delphi
- wise and prophetican oracular political thriller
- mysterious or ambiguous
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Word Origin and History for oracular
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