Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

Thesaurus

oratory

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of oratory

  1. 1 the art of speaking in public eloquently and effectively <a presidential hopeful with a gift for oratory and a highly charismatic personality> Synonyms elocution, public speaking Related Words bombast, grandiloquence; eloquence, rhetoric; discourse, speech, talk

  2. 2 language that is impressive-sounding but not meaningful or sincere <the politician's oratory sounded good only to people who didn't bother to think> Synonyms bombast, fustian, gas, grandiloquence, hot air, rhetoric, verbiage, windRelated Words claptrap, drivel, gibberish, hogwash, humbug, jabberwocky, jazz, moonshine, nonsense; affectedness, floweriness, grandiosity, loftiness, pomposity, pretension, pretentiousness; garrulity, garrulousness, verboseness, verbosity, windiness, wordiness





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up oratory? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a timid, meek, or unassertive person

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alt-5746713d76276

Which of these is a synonym of nonplus?

disapprove soothe reduce perplex
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ