[aw-rak-yuh-ler, oh-rak-]


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.

Nearby words

  1. orach,
  2. orache,
  3. oracle,
  4. oracle bones,
  5. oracles,
  6. oracularity,
  7. oracularly,
  8. oracy,
  9. orad,
  10. oradea

Origin of oracular

1625–35; < Latin ōrācul(um) oracle + -ar1

Related formso·rac·u·lar·ly, adverbo·rac·u·lar·i·ty [aw-rak-yuh-lar-i-tee, oh-rak-] /ɔˌræk yəˈlær ɪ ti, oʊˌræk-/, o·rac·u·lar·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for oracular



of or relating to an oracleApollo had his oracular shrine at Delphi
wise and prophetican oracular political thriller
mysterious or ambiguous
Derived Formsoracularly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for oracular



1670s, from Latin oraculum (see oracle) + -ar.

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