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Meaning of ORATORY

Pronunciation:  'oru`towree

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  addressing an audience formally (usually a long and rhetorical address and often pompous); "he loved the sound of his own oratory"

ORATORY is a 7 letter word that starts with O.


 See Also: address, declamation, keynote address, keynote speech, nominating address, nominating speech, nomination, oration, speech, stump speech, valediction, valedictory, valedictory address



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Or"a*to*ry\, n.; pl. {Oratories}. [OE. oratorie, fr. L.
    oratorium, fr. oratorius of praying, of an orator: cf. F.
    oratoire. See {Orator}, {Oral}, and cf. {Oratorio}.]
    A place of orisons, or prayer; especially, a chapel or small
    room set apart for private devotions.
          An oratory [temple] . . . in worship of Dian.
          Do not omit thy prayers for want of a good oratory, or
          place to pray in.                        --Jer. Taylor.
    {Fathers of the Oratory} (R. C. Ch.), a society of priests
       founded by St. Philip Neri, living in community, and not
       bound by a special vow. The members are called also
  2. \Or"a*to*ry\, n. [L. oratoria (sc. ars) the oratorical
    The art of an orator; the art of public speaking in an
    eloquent or effective manner; the exercise of rhetorical
    skill in oral discourse; eloquence. ``The oratory of Greece
    and Rome.'' --Milton.
          When a world of men Could not prevail with all their
          oratory.                                 --Shak.
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