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oracular

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adjective orac·u·lar \ȯ-ˈra-kyə-lər, ə-\

Definition of oracular

  1. 1 :  resembling an oracle (as in solemnity of delivery)

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or being an oracle

orac·u·lar·i·ty play \-ˌra-kyə-ˈlar-ə-tē\ noun
orac·u·lar·ly play \-ˈra-kyə-lər-lē\ adverb


Origin of oracular

Latin oraculum


First Known Use: 1631

Synonym Discussion of oracular

dictatorial, magisterial, dogmatic, doctrinaire, oracular mean imposing one's will or opinions on others. dictatorial stresses autocratic, high-handed methods and a domineering manner <exercised dictatorial control over the office>. magisterial stresses assumption or use of prerogatives appropriate to a magistrate or schoolmaster in forcing acceptance of one's opinions <the magisterial tone of his pronouncements>. dogmatic implies being unduly and offensively positive in laying down principles and expressing opinions <dogmatic about what is art and what is not>. doctrinaire implies a disposition to follow abstract theories in framing laws or policies affecting people <a doctrinaire approach to improving the economy>. oracular implies the manner of one who delivers opinions in cryptic phrases or with pompous dogmatism <a designer who is the oracular voice of fashion>.

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