orac·​u·​lar | \ ȯ-ˈra-kyə-lər How to pronounce oracular (audio) , 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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oracularity \ ȯ-​ˌra-​kyə-​ˈlar-​ə-​tē How to pronounce oracular (audio) \ noun
oracularly \ ȯ-​ˈra-​kyə-​lər-​lē How to pronounce oracular (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web These lines do not reveal some kind of oracular capacity in Lovecraft. Siddhartha Deb, The New Republic, 19 Mar. 2021 Published in 1993, Butler’s novel is now recognized as oracular, predicting among other things a president who runs his campaign on making America great again. Alexander Chee, The New Republic, 29 Dec. 2020 The Supreme Court's questionable handing of the election to George W. Bush should have been an oracular sign that the right's ruthless desire to remain in power for power's sake would eventually lead to a worse-case scenario like Trump. Monte Bute, Star Tribune, 9 Jan. 2021 The oracular urge runs hot through Coelho’s lines but rarely generates much light. Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2020 Her sentences are often spare and pared down and sculpted, and can feel almost oracular at times, conversational at others. Alex Marshall, New York Times, 8 Oct. 2020 Among members of the New Right, the works of Ayn Rand became oracular. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, 17 Sep. 2020 This oracular quality gave Biden’s address a genuine and unexpected kind of grandeur. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, 26 Aug. 2020 The novel offers a series of strong images of crowds, joined by a light, suggestive plot, and animated by oracular commentary. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, 5 July 2020

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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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“Oracular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oracular. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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