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[awr-uh-tawr-i-kuh l, or-uh-tor-]
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  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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Origin of oratorical

First recorded in 1610–20; orator, orator(y)1 + -ical
Related formsor·a·tor·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·or·a·tor·i·cal, adjectivesem·i·or·a·tor·i·cal·ly, adverbsu·per·o·ra·tor·i·cal, adjectivesu·per·o·ra·tor·i·cal·ly, adverbun·or·a·tor·i·cal, adjectiveun·or·a·tor·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for oratorical

stylistic, rhetorical, bombastic, declamatory, dramatic, elaborate, eloquent, expressive, fervid, forceful, grandiloquent, histrionic, impassioned, important, imposing, inflated, lofty, long-winded, loud, noble

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Word Origin and History for oratorical


1580s, from orator or oratory + -ical, or else from Latin oratorius (see oratory (n.1)). Related: Oratorical; oratorically.

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