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oratory

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[ awr-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, or- ]
/ ˈɔr əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈɒr- /
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noun
skill or eloquence in public speaking: The evangelist moved thousands to repentance with his oratory.
the art of public speaking, especially in a formal and eloquent manner.
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Origin of oratory

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1580–90; <Latin ōrātōria, noun use of feminine of ōrātōrius of an orator. See orator, -tory1

Other definitions for oratory (2 of 2)

oratory2
[ awr-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, or- ]
/ ˈɔr əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈɒr- /

noun, plural or·a·to·ries.
a place of prayer, as a small chapel or a room for private devotions.
(initial capital letter)Roman Catholic Church. any of the religious societies of secular priests who live in religious communities but do not take vows.

Origin of oratory

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1300–50; Middle English <Late Latin ōrātōrium place of prayer. See orator, -tory2
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British Dictionary definitions for oratory (1 of 3)

oratory1
/ (ˈɒrətərɪ, -trɪ) /

noun
the art of public speaking
rhetorical skill or style

Derived forms of oratory

oratorical, adjectiveoratorically, adverb

Word Origin for oratory

C16: from Latin (ars) ōrātōria (the art of) public speaking

British Dictionary definitions for oratory (2 of 3)

oratory2
/ (ˈɒrətərɪ, -trɪ) /

noun plural -ries
a small room or secluded place, set apart for private prayer

Word Origin for oratory

C14: from Anglo-Norman, from Church Latin ōrātōrium place of prayer, from ōrāre to plead, pray

British Dictionary definitions for oratory (3 of 3)

Oratory
/ (ˈɒrətərɪ, -trɪ) /

noun RC Church
Also called: Congregation of the Oratory the religious society of secular priests (Oratorians) living in a community founded by St Philip Neri
any church belonging to this societythe Brompton Oratory
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