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[ awr-uh-tawr-i-kuhl, or-uh-tor- ]


  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of an orator or oratory:

    His oratorical prowess has led to political success.

  2. given to oratory:

    an oratorical speaker.

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Other Words From

  • ora·tori·cal·ly adverb
  • semi·ora·tori·cal adjective
  • semi·ora·tori·cal·ly adverb
  • super·ora·tori·cal adjective
  • super·ora·tori·cal·ly adverb
  • unor·a·tori·cal adjective
  • unor·a·tori·cal·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of oratorical1

First recorded in 1610–20; orator, orator(y) 1 + -ical

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Example Sentences

Indeed, when you read it, you comprehend how, almost inevitably, his oratorical gifts eclipsed his skill as a writer.

I had participated there in an oratorical contest sponsored by the Negro Elks.

Correa has the oil, attitude, and oratorical flare to fill the role.

A former bus driver and transport-workers union leader, Maduro lacks the charisma and oratorical flourish of his mentor.

In terms of sheer oratorical skills, Julián Castro and Michelle Obama are as good as anyone in politics today.

There is nothing oratorical in his style of delivery; it is calm, slow, and has a rather soporific influence upon his hearers.

The Mayor of Kinghamstead, a managing little man with no great belief in my oratorical powers, was sticking his face up to mine.

Though ungainly in appearance and with no oratorical talent, he was witty and formidable in debate.

It had been agreed that Sandoval, who possessed the most oratorical ability, should deliver the last toast as a summing up.

Little can now be gathered, after such a lapse of years, of his oratorical powers in the pulpit.


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