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[awr-uh-tawr-i-kuh l, or-uh-tor-] /ˌɔr əˈtɔr ɪ kəl, ˌɒr əˈtɒr-/
of, relating to, or characteristic of an orator or oratory:
His oratorical prowess has led to political success.
given to oratory:
an oratorical speaker.
Origin of oratorical
First recorded in 1610-20; orator, orator(y)1 + -ical
Related forms
oratorically, adverb
semioratorical, adjective
semioratorically, adverb
superoratorical, adjective
superoratorically, adverb
unoratorical, adjective
unoratorically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "You are a low-minded, mercenary creature," said O'Shea, oratorically.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • "I tell you it is so," he said oratorically and dogmatically to the others.

    Before the Dawn Joseph Alexander Altsheler
  • He had, he says, “fought with beasts (oratorically) in divers arenas.”

    Dickens Adolphus William Ward
  • Men aim to speak earnestly and convincingly, but not oratorically.

    The Last Harvest John Burroughs
  • At last he cleared his throat, oratorically, and then she promptly interrupted him.

  • I take the liberty of making the remark, as one who has fought with beasts (oratorically) in divers arenas.

Word Origin and History for oratorically



1580s, from orator or oratory + -ical, or else from Latin oratorius (see oratory (n.1)). Related: Oratorical; oratorically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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