- skill or eloquence in public speaking: The evangelist moved thousands to repentance with his oratory.
- the art of public speaking, especially in a formal and eloquent manner.
Origin of oratory1
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- a place of prayer, as a small chapel or a room for private devotions.
- (initial capital letter) Roman Catholic Church. any of the religious societies of secular priests who live in religious communities but do not take vows.
Origin of oratory2
Examples from the Web for oratory
For his oratory work he was paid over $1.3 million (a significant amount of which he donated to charity).The Ugly Truth About Cory Booker, New Jersey’s Golden Boy
October 20, 2014
He launches into a flight of oratory on the past greatness of Petra.Petra by Night
January 3, 2013
And for good reason: images of the crowd at political conventions can be as important as the oratory.You Aced It, Michelle Obama
September 5, 2012
That kind of oratory is not necessarily unusual in Arab countries, even those at peace with Israel.Morsi’s Win in Egypt Sparks Fear in Israel
June 19, 2012
Coombs closed his oratory with a soaring appeal to conscience.Bradley Manning Awaits Army’s Decision on Whether to Court-Martial Him
December 22, 2011
The perfection of oratory is like the perfection of anything else; natural power must be aided by art.Phaedrus
If oratory is to be judged of by its effects, Csar's sermon was a great oration.The Manxman
This was a new and unfamiliar style of oratory in the Senate of the United States.Union and Democracy
When night fell, oratory was again rampant in all parts of the city.The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol 2 (of 2)
But no oratory and no arguments would have availed with that House.The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1
John Charles Dent
- the art of public speaking
- rhetorical skill or style
- a small room or secluded place, set apart for private prayer
- Also called: Congregation of the Oratory the religious society of secular priests (Oratorians) living in a community founded by St Philip Neri
- any church belonging to this societythe Brompton Oratory
Word Origin and History for oratory
"formal public speaking, the art of eloquence," 1580s, from Latin (ars) oratoria "oratorical (art)," fem. of oratorius "of speaking or pleading, pertaining to an orator," from orare "to speak, pray, plead" (see orator).
"small chapel," c.1300, from Old French oratorie and directly from Late Latin oratorium "place of prayer" (especially the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Rome, where musical services were presented), noun use of an adjective, as in oratorium templum, from neuter of Latin oratorius "of or for praying," from orare "to pray, plead, speak" (see orator).