oratory

[ awr-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, or- ]SEE DEFINITION OF oratory

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ORATORY

The perfection of oratory is like the perfection of anything else; natural power must be aided by art.

If oratory is to be judged of by its effects, Csar's sermon was a great oration.

This was a new and unfamiliar style of oratory in the Senate of the United States.

When night fell, oratory was again rampant in all parts of the city.

But no oratory and no arguments would have availed with that House.

Oratory, inside or outside of Congress, is not historical proof.

There was no oratory about it, in the ordinary sense of that word; no graces of elocution.

And he has a big red lamp, burning in what he calls his oratory.

Perhaps, although we use the term, we never have had oratory in England.

Historical composition, like letters and oratory, soon had its theory.

WORD ORIGIN

"formal public speaking, the art of eloquence," 1580s, from Latin (ars) oratoria "oratorical (art)," fem. of oratorius "of speaking or pleading, pertaining to an orator," from orare "to speak, pray, plead" (see orator).

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