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oratory

noun or·a·to·ry \ ˈȯr-ə-ˌtȯr-ē , ˈär- \

Definition of oratory

plural oratories
1 : a place of prayer; especially : a private or institutional chapel
  • The mansion contained an oratory for the family's private devotion.
2 capitalized : an Oratorian congregation, house, or church

Origin and Etymology of oratory

Middle English oratorie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin oratorium, from Latin orare


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oratory

noun

Definition of oratory

1 : the art of speaking in public eloquently or effectively
2 a : public speaking that employs oratory
b : public speaking that is characterized by the use of stock phrases and that appeals chiefly to the emotions

Origin and Etymology of oratory

Latin oratoria, from feminine of oratorius oratorical, from orare


ORATORY Defined for Kids

oratory

noun or·a·to·ry \ ˈȯr-ə-ˌtȯr-ē \

Definition of oratory for Students

1 : the art of making speeches
2 : the style of language used in important speeches


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