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or·a·to·ry 1

 (ôr′ə-tôr′ē, ŏr′-)
n.
1. The art of public speaking.
2. Eloquence or skill in making speeches to the public.
3. Public speaking marked by the use of overblown rhetoric.

[Latin (ars) ōrātōria, (art) of speaking, feminine of ōrātōrius, oratorical, from ōrātor, speaker, from ōrātus, past participle of ōrāre, to speak.]

or·a·to·ry 2

 (ôr′ə-tôr′ē, ŏr′-)
n. pl. or·a·to·ries
1. A place for prayer, such as a small private chapel.
2. also Oratory
a. A Roman Catholic religious society founded in 1575 by Saint Philip Neri and consisting of secular priests.
b. A branch or church of this society.

[Middle English oratorie, from Old French, from Late Latin ōrātōrium, place of prayer, from Latin, neuter of ōrātōrius, for praying, from ōrāre, to pray.]

oratory

(ˈɒrətərɪ; -trɪ)
n
1. the art of public speaking
2. rhetorical skill or style
[C16: from Latin (ars) ōrātōria (the art of) public speaking]
ˌoraˈtorical adj
ˌoraˈtorically adv

oratory

(ˈɒrətərɪ; -trɪ)
n, pl -ries
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a small room or secluded place, set apart for private prayer
[C14: from Anglo-Norman, from Church Latin ōrātōrium place of prayer, from ōrāre to plead, pray]

Oratory

(ˈɒrətərɪ; -trɪ)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Also called: Congregation of the Oratory the religious society of secular priests (Oratorians) living in a community founded by St Philip Neri
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) any church belonging to this society: the Brompton Oratory.

or•a•to•ry1

(ˈɔr əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈɒr-)

n.
1. skill or eloquence in public speaking.
2. the art of public speaking, esp. in an eloquent manner.
[1580–90; < Latin ōrātōria, n. use of feminine of ōrātōrius of an orator. See orator, -tory1]

or•a•to•ry2

(ˈɔr əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, ˈɒr-)

n., pl. -ries.
1. a place of prayer, as a small chapel.
2. (cap.) any of the Roman Catholic religious societies of secular priests who live in religious communities but do not take vows.
[1300–50; Middle English < Late Latin ōrātōrium place of prayer. See orator, -tory2]

oratory

A small private chapel.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.oratory - addressing an audience formally (usually a long and rhetorical address and often pompous); "he loved the sound of his own oratory"
speech, address - the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience; "he listened to an address on minor Roman poets"
keynote address, keynote speech - a speech setting forth the keynote
nominating address, nominating speech, nomination - an address (usually at a political convention) proposing the name of a candidate to run for election; "the nomination was brief and to the point"
oration - an instance of oratory; "he delivered an oration on the decline of family values"
declamation - vehement oratory
epideictic oratory - a type of oratory used to eulogize or condemn a person or group of people; "Pericles' funeral oration for Athenians killed in the Peloponnesian War is a famous example of epideictic oratory"
stump speech - political oratory
salutatory, salutatory address, salutatory oration - an opening or welcoming statement (especially one delivered at graduation exercises)
valediction, valedictory, valedictory address, valedictory oration - a farewell oration (especially one delivered during graduation exercises by an outstanding member of a graduating class)

oratory

noun rhetoric, eloquence, public speaking, speech-making, expressiveness, fluency, a way with words, declamation, speechifying, grandiloquence, spieling (informal) Neither candidate is noted for oratory or political skill.

oratory

noun
The art of public speaking:
Translations
فَن الخِطابَه، بَلاغَه، فَصاحَه
talekunst
szónoklásszónoklat
mælskulist
oratoria
rečnícke umenie
besedništvo
güzel konuşma sanatıhitabet

oratory

1 [ˈɒrətərɪ] N (= art of speaking) → oratoria f

oratory

2 [ˈɒrətərɪ] N (Rel) → oratorio m

oratory

[ˈɒrətəri] n
(= art) → talent m oratoire
He displayed determination as well as powerful oratory → Il faisait preuve de détermination ainsi que d'un remarquable talent oratoire.
(= speech) → oraison f

oratory

1
n (= art of making speeches)Redekunst f

oratory

2
n (Eccl) → Oratorium nt

oratory

1 [ˈɒrətrɪ] n (public speaking) → oratoria

oratory

2 [ˈɒrətrɪ] n (Rel) → oratorio

oration

(əˈreiʃən) noun
a formal, public speech, especially in fine, beautiful language. a funeral oration.
orator (ˈorətə) noun
a person who makes public speeches, especially very eloquent ones.
ˈoratory (ˈorə-) noun
the art of speaking well in public.
oraˈtorical adjective
References in classic literature ?
But in the midst of it he felt impelled to make a speech, and raised his voice oratorically.
He waved his horrid hand at me--he struck his infectious breast-- he addressed me oratorically, as if I was laid up in the House of Commons.
In the Covenant Chain system that linked the British through the Iroquois to a variety of First Nations, the Iroquois and British were described oratorically as 'brothers,' and relations between the Iroquois and other First Nations were depicted variously as between older and younger brothers, or between cousins, or nephews and uncles.