[awr-uh-tawr-i-kuh l, or-uh-tor-]


of, relating to, or characteristic of an orator or oratory: His oratorical prowess has led to political success.
given to oratory: an oratorical speaker.

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 oratorically

extravagantly, grandiloquently, lengthily

Examples from the Web for oratorically

Contemporary Examples of oratorically

Historical Examples of oratorically

  • "You are a low-minded, mercenary creature," said O'Shea, oratorically.

    One Of Them

    Charles James Lever

  • "I tell you it is so," he said oratorically and dogmatically to the others.

    Before the Dawn

    Joseph Alexander Altsheler

  • He had, he says, “fought with beasts (oratorically) in divers arenas.”


    Adolphus William Ward

  • Men aim to speak earnestly and convincingly, but not oratorically.

    The Last Harvest

    John Burroughs

  • At last he cleared his throat, oratorically, and then she promptly interrupted him.

Word Origin and History for oratorically



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper