or·​a·​tor·​i·​cal | \ ˌȯr-ə-ˈtȯr-i-kəl How to pronounce oratorical (audio) , ˌär-ə-ˈtär-\

Definition of oratorical

: of, relating to, or characteristic of an orator or oratory

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oratorically \ ˌȯr-​ə-​ˈtȯr-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce oratorically (audio) , ˌär-​ə-​ˈtär-​ \ adverb

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a speech that was an oratorical endorsement of the value of education but one that refused to call for greater spending on education

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Historians won’t confuse the oratorical skills of President Trump with those of Ronald Reagan. WSJ, "Trump at Helsinki: Ronald Reagan or Neville Chamberlain?," 19 July 2018 Her voice is closer to the dry tones of the college textbook than to Clark’s deeply personal oratorical flights. James Romm, WSJ, "‘Know Thyself’ Review: The Evolution of a Culture," 10 June 2018 For all his oratorical bluster, Migration Policy Institute president Andrew Selee writes at Foreign Policy, López Obrador is really more pragmatic than ideological. Jonah Shepp, Daily Intelligencer, "AMLO Isn’t Mexico’s Trump – Nor Is He Trump’s Natural Enemy," 5 July 2018 When opponents led by Massachusetts Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge insisted on amending the treaty in the hope of killing it, Wilson embarked on his last round of oratorical persuasion, a nationwide rail tour at once heroic and doomed from the start. Richard Norton Smith, WSJ, "‘The Moralist’ Review: The High and Rocky Road," 19 Apr. 2018 The oratorical challenges that life has thrown at him over the last four years—the 2004 convention, the race speech, Berlin—have given chance after chance to flop, but the man seems incapable of doing so. Newsweek, "Analysis," 14 Mar. 2018 As a minister in training, King was honing his oratorical skills. Meghan E. Irons, BostonGlobe.com, "Martin Luther King Jr. honed his command of the pulpit in Roxbury," 31 Mar. 2018 In one sense, Owen was no political outsider: Her father, William Jennings Bryan, was a giant in American politics, a three-time presidential candidate whose oratorical skills were legendary. Joy Wallace Dickinson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Weaker sex? U.S. Rep. Owen sent that myth packing," 25 Mar. 2018 The story, and Sessions’s decision the next day to recuse himself from a law-enforcement investigation into Russian election meddling, quickly detracted from Trump’s oratorical good showing. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "Trump’s first address to Congress remains the best media moment of his presidency. It didn’t last long.," 30 Jan. 2018

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1589, in the meaning defined above

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formal : of or relating to the skill or activity of giving speeches : of or relating to oratory

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