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 (ô-răk′yə-lər, ō-răk′-)
1. Of, relating to, or being an oracle.
2. Resembling or characteristic of an oracle:
a. Solemnly prophetic.
b. Enigmatic; obscure.

[From Latin ōrāculum, oracle, from ōrāre, to speak.]

o·rac′u·lar′i·ty (-lăr′ĭ-tē) n.
o·rac′u·lar·ly adv.


1. (Other Non-Christian Religions) of or relating to an oracle: Apollo had his oracular shrine at Delphi.
2. wise and prophetic: an oracular political thriller.
3. mysterious or ambiguous
oˈracularly adv


(ɔˈræk yə lər, oʊˈræk-)

1. of the nature of an oracle.
2. making pronouncements as if by special inspiration or authority.
3. uttered or delivered as if divinely inspired or infallible.
4. ambiguous; obscure.
[1625–35; < Latin ōrācul(um) oracle + -ar1]
o•rac′u•lar•ly, adv.
o•rac`u•lar′i•ty, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.oracular - of or relating to an oracle; "able by oracular means to expose a witch"
2.oracular - obscurely prophetic; "Delphic pronouncements"; "an oracular message"
prophetic, prophetical - foretelling events as if by supernatural intervention; "prophetic writings"; "prophetic powers"; "words that proved prophetic"
3.oracular - resembling an oracle in obscurity of thought; "the oracular sayings of Victorian poets"; "so enigmatic that priests might have to clarify it"; "an enigmatic smile"
ambiguous - having more than one possible meaning; "ambiguous words"; "frustrated by ambiguous instructions, the parents were unable to assemble the toy"


Of or relating to the foretelling of events by or as if by supernatural means:


[ɒˈrækjʊləʳ] ADJprofético, fatídico


adj inscriptions, utterances, toneorakelhaft; powersseherisch; (fig)weise; oracular shrineOrakelstätte f
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But, as he uttered it, it became oracular, the most sacred of words.
The partners themselves were uncommunicative; even Whiskey Dick, who since his remarkable social elevation had become less oracular, much to his own astonishment, contributed nothing to the gossip except a suggestion that as the fiery temper of George Kearney brooked no opposition, even from his brother, it was better they should separate before the estrangement became serious.
He took out of his pocket the most respectable hunting-watch I ever saw, and preventing the spring with his thumb from opening far, looked in at the face as if he were consulting an oracular oyster, shut it up again, and said, if I pleased, it was half past eight.
Macey now started an objection to his proposing himself as a deputy-constable; for that oracular old gentleman, claiming to know the law, stated, as a fact delivered to him by his father, that no doctor could be a constable.
he was punctual in the performance of the least religious duties; and he must have believed in his own oracular sign, of which he seemed to have an internal witness.
About the period when the churches convene at Edinburgh in their annual assemblies, he was to be seen descending the Mound in the company of divers red-headed clergymen: these voluble, he only contributing oracular nods, brief negatives, and the austere spectacle of his stretched upper lip.
As long as I have stood in the midst of human affairs," said the chair, with a very oracular enunciation, "I have constantly observed that Justice, Truth, and Love are the chief ingredients of every happy life.
Whether it were the oracular cow or some other one, it did not seem reasonable that she should travel a great way farther.
With this oracular sentence I bowed, and in company with M.
Featherstone pulled at both sides of his wig as if he wanted to deafen himself, and his sister went away ruminating on this oracular speech of his.
Having so much to do with the recognition of local sanctities, the habit of connecting the very trees and stones of a particular spot of earth with the great events of life, till the low walls, the green mounds, the half-obliterated epitaphs, seemed full of oracular voices, even the religion of those people of the dales appeared but as another link between them and the solemn imageries of the natural world.
you don't mean to tell me you understand that oracular sentence of his--'Suspect the very last person on whom suspicion could possibly fall.