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[awr-uh-tawr-ee-uh n, -tohr-, or-]Roman Catholic Church
  1. a member of an Oratory.
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  1. of or relating to the Oratorians.
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Origin of Oratorian

First recorded in 1635–45; oratory2 + -an
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Examples from the Web for oratorian

Historical Examples

  • One had been merely an Oratorian, the other had worn the mitre of a bishop.

    An Historical Mystery

    Honore de Balzac

  • The Bishop of Mende was a very different person from the austere Oratorian.

    Henrietta Maria

    Henrietta Haynes

  • Six of his most famous sermons were edited, with a biographical sketch of their author, by the Oratorian Borde in 1704.

  • "On condition you give me yours," said the Oratorian; and blessing each other, the friends parted for ever on earth.

  • It was an institution celebrated throughout the districts of central France and directed by the Oratorian Fathers.

    Honoré de Balzac

    Albert Keim and Louis Lumet

British Dictionary definitions for oratorian


  1. a member of the religious congregation of the Oratory
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