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

Other Words from oratorical

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

Examples of oratorical in a Sentence

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 Vice presidents are rarely celebrated for their oratorical style, or for anything else. Nr Editors, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 Mélenchon has an undeniable oratorical gift, even if his eloquence often reads like the antiquated anti-capitalist sermon of a nineteenth-century Marxist magically transplanted to the twenty-first century. Arthur Goldhammer, The New Republic, 11 Apr. 2022 Biden could combine the political talents of FDR and Reagan, the oratorical skills of Lincoln and JFK, and the common touch of Jackson and Truman, and this sense of falling behind would still be eating away at the foundations of his presidency. Rich Lowry, National Review, 29 Mar. 2022 The measure prohibits discourses, lectures, songs, and other public demonstrations of an oratorical or musical nature and so includes the Salvation army and the campaign stumper, as well as the Socialists and the Industrial Workers of the World. San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Jan. 2022 Still, his oratorical skills, unflagging enthusiasm and abiding sense of faith made him for many an irresistible figure. Washington Post, 26 Dec. 2021 But Tutu’s oratorical skills and powerful intellect were undeniable. Bob Drogin, Los Angeles Times, 26 Dec. 2021 His prose has an oratorical flair, like a vinous soliloquy summoning us to enjoy the pleasures of the grape. Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2021 These sermons had only a few hundred more words than those from within the evangelical tradition, a detail that suggests oratorical style or musical interludes might be contributing to their length. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 7 Oct. 2021 See More

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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 27 Jun. 2022.

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