adjective orac·u·lar \ ȯ-ˈra-kyə-lər , ə- \
|Updated on: 3 Aug 2018

Definition of oracular

1 : resembling an oracle (as in solemnity of delivery)
2 : of, relating to, or being an oracle


play \ȯ-ˌra-kyə-ˈlar-ə-tē\ noun


play \ȯ-ˈra-kyə-lər-lē\ adverb

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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").

Origin and Etymology of oracular

Latin oraculum

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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very hard to disturb or upset

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