[aw-rak-yuh-ler, oh-rak-]
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  1. of the nature of, resembling, or suggesting an oracle: an oracular response.
  2. giving forth utterances or decisions as if by special inspiration or authority.
  3. uttered or delivered as if divinely inspired or infallible; sententious.
  4. ambiguous; obscure.
  5. portentous; ominous.

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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  1. of or relating to an oracleApollo had his oracular shrine at Delphi
  2. wise and prophetican oracular political thriller
  3. 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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