Definition of oratory noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    oratory

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    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈɒrətri//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːrətɔːri//
     
    , NAmE//ˈɑːrətɔːri//
     
    (pl. oratories) Religious places
     
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  1. 1[uncountable] the skill of making powerful and effective speeches in public synonym rhetoric The crowd was held spellbound by her oratory.
  2. 2 [countable] a room or small building that is used for private prayer or worship See related entries: Religious places
  3. Word Origin sense 2 Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French oratorie, from ecclesiastical Latin oratorium, based on Latin orare ‘pray, speak’. sense 1 early 16th cent.: from Latin oratoria, feminine (used as a noun) of oratorius ‘relating to an orator’.
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