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
Recent Examples on the Web Both are good, workmanlike interpretations that reflect the company’s deep devotion to the text, rather than to oratorical fireworks. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "A cool musical where? The autumn season of plays at American Shakespeare Center is a rich one.," 6 Nov. 2019 Khan fired up the partisan audience (and some television viewers) by placing an oratorical bull’s-eye on then-candidate Donald Trump’s chest. Phillip Morris, cleveland.com, "Khizr Khan, a Gold Star Father and a great American: Phillip Morris," 18 Sep. 2019 Williamson’s unique oratorical style is a product of her eclectic biography. Kayla Bartsch, National Review, "Marianne Williamson Offers Priestly Wisdom for a Nation Adrift — Seriously," 12 Aug. 2019 In the play, the 47-year-old Schreck reconsiders her childhood as an oratorical prodigy from Wenatchee, Washington, who won speaking competitions by exalting the U.S. Constitution. David Kamp, Vogue, "Heidi Schreck Is Giving New Meaning to Political Theater," 15 July 2019 Biden's remarks also offer a reminder of his yearslong history of verbal misfires and general lack of oratorical discipline, which are blamed in part for damaging his previous runs for the presidency. Author: Matt Viser, Sean Sullivan, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden faces backlash over comments about ‘civility’ of his past work with racist senators," 20 June 2019 More than any major candidate in the race, his oratorical style is conversational with few obvious flourishes. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "On the Oratory Trail in Iowa," 11 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of oratorical

1589, in the meaning defined above

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“Oratorical.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oratorical. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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