oracular

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj oracular resembling an oracle in obscurity of thought "the oracular sayings of Victorian poets","so enigmatic that priests might have to clarify it","an enigmatic smile"
    • adj oracular obscurely prophetic "Delphic pronouncements","an oracular message"
    • adj oracular of or relating to an oracle "able by oracular means to expose a witch"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Oracular Of or pertaining to an oracle; uttering oracles; forecasting the future; as, an oracular tongue.
    • Oracular Resembling an oracle in some way, as in solemnity, wisdom, authority, obscurity, ambiguity, dogmatism. "They have something venerable and oracular in that unadorned gravity and shortness in the expression."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • oracular Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of an oracle or oracles. Hence — Obscure or ambiguous like the oracles of pagan deities.
    • oracular Wise as an oracle; expressing opinions with the mysteriousness or dogmatism of an oracle.
    • oracular Of or pertaining to one possessing the power of delivering oracular or divine messages; possessing the power of uttering oracles: as, an oracular tongue.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Oracular delivering oracles: resembling oracles: grave: venerable: not to be disputed: ambiguous: obscure—also Orac′ulous
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. oracularius,. See Oracle
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. ora-culum, double dim. from orāre, to speak—os, oris, the mouth.

Usage

In literature:

Patara was a city of Lycia, where Apollo gave oracular responses during six months of the year.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
He has made it too oracular.
"Embarrassments" by Henry James
But a convention may not deem itself a chartered libertine of oracular and pedantic conceits.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
He has an argumentative, oracular air, when things have gone wrong, which always upsets my dignity.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 122, December, 1867" by Various
The scribes and pharisees made light of his oracular sayings.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. X (of X) - America - II, Index" by Various
The knowledge cannot be fully communicated to the profane, and is at most to be shadowed forth in dim oracular utterances.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
I hope you will be less oracular, Mr. Helstone, and pronounce at once.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
Work," she said, with a little oracular air, "takes up all your time, and the money that one can earn is so small.
"Sir Tom" by Mrs. Oliphant
But, posing as an oracular constitution-maker, he was admitted as such to the councils of Talleyrand and Barras.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
If he is become verbose and oracular of late years, he was not so in his better days.
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin
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In poetry:

The deep oracular abyss wherein
Is laid
Truth, with her million bolts that lie within,
Forged on the anvils of the years, and made
"The Veiled Memnon" by Alexander Anderson
Then the years that lay out before me
Rose up in their height sublime,
Giving forth in oracular voices
The promise of golden rhyme.
"Early Poet Life" by Alexander Anderson
The cavernous woods are dumb!
Through their oracular depths and secret nooks,
To the mute supplication of her looks
No mystic voices come
"The Death of Autumn" by Kate Seymour Maclean
Binding them to the right. As priests of old
Gave out
The oracular answers of their gods to hold
The people to their faith. So without doubt
"The Veiled Memnon" by Alexander Anderson
There was an Old Lady of Prague,
Whose language was horribly vague;
When they said, 'Are these caps?'
She answered, 'Perhaps!'
That oracular Lady of Prague.
"Limerick:There was an Old Lady of Prague" by Edward Lear
Gets ready to face the ready-made creation
Of chairs and bureaus and sleep-twisted sheets.
This is the kingdom of the fading apparition,
The oracular ghost who dwindles on pin-legs
To a knot of laundry, with a classic bunch of sheets
"The Ghost's Leavetaking" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

MGMT's first album, Oracular Spectacular, was effervescent electro-pop, party rock anthems before party rocking required an apology.
For decades, Morgan Stanley's Stephen Roach has been an oracular economic voice out of Asia for readers of the Financial Times and other publications.
The layered, percussive track, with a wordless vocal hook, joins an impressive lineage from the spazzy art-funk of Talking Heads to the nu-rave of Klaxons and the danced -up psych-rock of Oracular Spectacular -era MGMT.
The layered, percussive track, with a wordless vocal hook, joins an impressive lineage from the spazzy art-funk of Talking Heads to the nu-rave of Klaxons and the danced-up psych-rock of Oracular Spectacular -era MGMT.
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In science:

The algorithm designer can apply Hw , but in this oracular setting, w is not known.
Local Hamiltonians in Quantum Computation
The proof of this result is a continuous-time version of the BBBV oracular proof .
Local Hamiltonians in Quantum Computation
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