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 oratorical (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
Recent Examples on the Web After earning a masters in public policy from Georgetown University and a law degree from New York University, Jeffries honed his oratorical skills as a corporate lawyer. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "Rep. Hakeem Jeffries draws inspiration from both the Bible and Biggie Smalls. Can he unite Democrats' warring factions?," 22 Dec. 2020 Years of political demagoguery, oratorical bluster and supercharged political rancor have changed how many Americans react to language that is bland, bureaucratic and institutional. Washington Post, "The Army’s new museum is what we need at this moment of constitutional peril," 12 Nov. 2020 McSally’s other memorable oratorical fragment happened behind closed doors in a GOP House conference meeting on May 4, 2017, in the midst of a debate about a Trump health care bill that was going nowhere. Tom Zoellner, The New Republic, "Trumpism Ate Martha McSally’s Brain," 12 Oct. 2020 In her Florida years, Safford’s youth on an Illinois farm proved as useful as her oratorical skills. Joy Wallace Dickinson, orlandosentinel.com, "Leading battle for women’s votes put Orlando’s Safford in political spotlight," 30 Aug. 2020 The accolade is in part the result of his oratorical brilliance, notably the addresses at Gettysburg and at his second inauguration on March 4th 1865 (a month before Robert E. Lee’s surrender). The Economist, "Immortal words The tragic genius of Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural," 29 Feb. 2020 Part of the mission is to teach the history of Texas, said Betsy Zachry, chairwoman of the oratorical contest committee. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio retired military leaders to share experiences at Battle of Flowers oratorical contest," 20 Feb. 2020 Two of the seven Katy Independent School District high school students who entered the Katy American Legion Post’s 164 oratorical competition advanced to the District 22 American Legion contest. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Katy American Legion Post 164 sponsors annual oratorical event," 14 Jan. 2020 His oratorical style and persuasive arguments vaulted him to fame. BostonGlobe.com, "Robert Frost, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet, class of 1896," 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of oratorical

1589, in the meaning defined above

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“Oratorical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oratorical. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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