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At long last, New York is granted a retrospective of the incomparable, morbidly oracular, category-defying, and—until recently—overlooked Italian artist.
The typically oracular Koolhaas seemed to mean that Ingels has elevated problem-solving to a philosophy, and indeed Ingels seems to thrive while wrestling with regulatory arcana.
Atwood has long been Canada’s most famous writer, and current events have polished the oracular sheen of her reputation.
Disavowed theatrics accord Rich a tone of oracular power.
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Did You Know?
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").
Origin and Etymology of oracular
First Known Use: 1631See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of oracular
- exercised dictatorial control over the office
- the magisterial tone of his pronouncements
- dogmatic about what is art and what is not
- a doctrinaire approach to improving the economy
- a designer who is the oracular voice of fashion
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