• WordNet 3.6
    • n oratory addressing an audience formally (usually a long and rhetorical address and often pompous) "he loved the sound of his own oratory"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Oratory 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."
    • n Oratory 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.""When a world of men
      Could not prevail with all their oratory ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • oratory Oratoric: as, an oratory style.
    • n oratory The art of an orator; the art of speaking well, or of speaking according to the rules of rhetoric, in order to please or persuade; the art of public speaking. The three principal branches of this art are deliberative, epidictic, and judicial oratory. See epidictic.
    • n oratory Exercise of eloquence; eloquent language; eloquence: as, all his oratory was spent in vain.
    • n oratory Prayer; supplication; the act of beseeching or petitioning.
    • n oratory Pl. oratories (-riz). A place for prayer or worship. Specifically — In the early church, a place of prayer; especially, a small separate building, usually a memoria or martyry, at some distance from any city or church, used for private prayer, but not for celebration of the sacraments or congregational worship.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Oratory the art of speaking well, or so as to please and persuade, esp. publicly: the exercise of eloquence: an apartment or building for private worship: one of various congregations in the R.C. Church, esp. the Fathers of the Oratory, established by St Philip Neri (1515-95): a religious house of theirs
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  • Plutarch
    “When Demosthenes was asked what were the three most important aspects of oratory, he answered, Action, Action, Action.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable.”
  • Thomas B. Macaulay
    “The object of oratory alone in not truth, but persuasion.”
  • H. L. Phillips
    H. L. Phillips
    “Oratory is the art of making deep noises form the chest sound like important massages from the brain.”
  • David Hare
    “In oratory the will must predominate.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. oratorie, fr. L. oratorium, fr. oratorius, of praying, of an orator: cf. F. oratoire,. See Orator Oral, and cf. Oratorio


In literature:

You may study in all the best schools in the country, the best universities and the best schools of oratory.
"What All The World's A-Seeking" by Ralph Waldo Trine
As he warmed to his theme the pauses ceased, and his speech flowed with the musical sweep of a master of platform oratory.
"Unleavened Bread" by Robert Grant
There were no flights of oratory, and only occasional bursts of anything that could be called eloquence.
"The Redemption of David Corson" by Charles Frederic Goss
In the calm seasons of life, the true use of oratory consists in the assistance which it affords to our fellow-citizens.
"A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, Or The Causes Of Corrupt Eloquence" by Cornelius Tacitus
Besides, there is still a distinct art of oratory which has not lost its hold on the ears of men.
"David Lockwin--The People's Idol" by John McGovern
The new Oratory was placed by Papal brief at Birmingham.
"Outspoken Essays" by William Ralph Inge
At the end was a fair chapel or oratory.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
Occasionally I could hear the organ music of Douglas' oratory, as it drifted indistinguishably to me.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
Oh ... but I was received at the Oratory when I was married.
"Waste" by Granville Barker
ORATORY of Divine Love, the, i.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds

In poetry:

Hail, amid the shades descending
Round our humble oratory!
Hail, amid the light unending
Of the beatific Glory!
"The Annunciation" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
A ten year old resurrection,
And myself once more in the scourging wind, waiting, waiting
While the rich oratory and the lying famous corrupt
Senators mine our lives for another war.
"from Remembering That Island" by Thomas McGrath
The sea, or Homer – all moves by love’s glow.
Which should I hear? Now Homer is silent,
and the Black Sea thundering its oratory, turbulent,
and, surging, roars against my pillow.
"Insomnia. Homer. Taut canvas." by Osip Emilevich Mandelstam

In news:

What an entree for oratory.
The Dill Pickle Club is a cherished part of Chicago's oratory history, and now a new version of the club hopes to pick up where the old left off.
A Return to Oratory .
Copland's 'Lincoln Portrait': Honest Abe's Oratory , Tailored For Orchestra.
James Bowser, an 11th-grade homeschooled student from Ida, won first place in a regional high school oratory contest March 3 sponsored by the Right to Life of Michigan Educational Fund.
Oratory becomes track power with third prep championship.
For the winter track runners at Oratory who depend on outdoor workouts to maintain optimal performance, the snow was especially devastating.
Even Obama's Oratory and Presence Aren't Helping Him Now.
The power of Obama's oratory .
The dedication mass of the Ave Maria Oratory .
Roman Catholic Church welcomes oratory .
Consider Monday's dedication Mass the Ave Maria oratory 's induction into the Roman Catholic Church.
MLK Oratory Winner Click to enlarge.
Former US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords toured the European particle physics lab oratory Wednesday, cheerfully facing reporters but saying little during her first trip abroad since being shot in the head last year.
A fter all the oratory at both political conventions, one line stands out.