orac·​u·​lar | \ȯ-ˈra-kyə-lər, ə-\

Definition of oracular 

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

2 : of, relating to, or being an oracle

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Other Words from oracular

oracularity \ȯ-​ˌra-​kyə-​ˈlar-​ə-​tē \ noun
oracularly \ȯ-​ˈra-​kyə-​lər-​lē \ adverb

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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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When the ancient Greeks had questions or problems that were worrying them, they would often turn to one of their gods for answers by consulting an oracle. The word oracle has several meanings. It can refer to the god's answer, to the shrine the worshippers went to when seeking advice, or to a person through whom the god communicated, usually in the form of cryptic verse. (The words "oracular" and "oracle" trace back to the Latin verb orare, which means "to speak.") Today, "oracle" can simply mean an authoritative pronouncement or a person who makes such pronouncements ("a designer who is an oracle of fashion"). The related adjective "oracular" is used in similar contexts ("a designer who is the oracular voice of fashion").

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Farallon Capital became one of the world’s largest funds, due mainly to Steyer’s oracular way with undervalued stocks. Rob Haskell, Vogue, "Billionaire Democrat Tom Steyer on Impeaching Trump, Getting Out the Vote, and Winning in 2020," 14 Nov. 2018 Her story bridges, much as Couto himself does, various narrative modes: the epistolary and the oracular, the chronicle of the colonial expedition and the fabulism of a universe unbounded by time. Sheila Glaser, New York Times, "A Fable of Mozambique, Its Bloodshed and Myths," 8 June 2018 Into all this, amid stations of music stands and surround-sound loudspeaker installations, wandered an impishly oracular Kopatchinskaja. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Beethoven rolls over at the Ojai Music Festival," 8 June 2018 These are texts, finally, to read and revisit, lean, oracular, irreducible. Dustin Illingworth, latimes.com, "Elusive leaps of grace and daring: Rachel Cusk's 'Kudos'," 31 May 2018 Whether lyrically or musically, every song on Forever Changes operates in disconnections, trapdoors or oracular inquiries about the future. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Love's 'Forever Changes': 5 Revealing Moments From 50th Anniversary Box Set," 12 Apr. 2018 At the crest of the house, where visitors ascend from what will be a dark, cave-like first floor, Irish offers a lemony hope, a kind of oracular Philadelphia epiphany that says: This can end. Stephan Salisbury, Philly.com, "Lemon Hill mansion becomes an image of resistance in daring art takeover," 13 Apr. 2018 His terse remarks take on an oracular quality that can preclude disagreement. Jerry Adler, Newsweek, "Stephen Hawking, Master of the Universe: Our 1988 Cover Story on the Legendary Physicist," 14 Mar. 2018 Her mom, with sage, oracular foresight, tagged the image #backstage, #rockstarintraining and #likemamalikedaughter. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Pink's 'Rock Star in Training' Daughter Willow Gives an Adorable Makeup Tutorial," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of oracular

1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for oracular

Latin oraculum

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