American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or being an oracle.
- adj. Resembling or characteristic of an oracle:
- adj. Solemnly prophetic.
- adj. Enigmatic; obscure.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of an oracle or oracles. Hence — Obscure or ambiguous like the oracles of pagan deities.
- Wise as an oracle; expressing opinions with the mysteriousness or dogmatism of an oracle.
- Of or pertaining to one possessing the power of delivering oracular or divine messages; possessing the power of uttering oracles: as, an oracular tongue.
- adj. Of or relating to an oracle.
- adj. Prophetic, foretelling the future.
- adj. Ambiguous, hard to interpret.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to an oracle; uttering oracles; forecasting the future.
- adj. Resembling an oracle in some way, as in solemnity, wisdom, authority, obscurity, ambiguity, dogmatism.
- adj. of or relating to an oracle
- adj. obscurely prophetic
- adj. resembling an oracle in obscurity of thought
- From Latin ōrāculum, oracle, from ōrāre, to speak. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Moses, and we find that here two stations are omitted (Nu 33: 1-56). according to the commandment of the Lord, &c. -- not given in oracular response, nor a vision of the night, but indicated by the movement of the cloudy pillar.”
“In a style that might best be described as oracular doom-collage, Mr. Trow cautioned that if we let it, TV would rob us of every human dignity.”
“No one, perhaps, who has ever read _Little Dorrit_, whatever else in the novel may slip the memory, fails to recall the oracular utterance of”
“Now and then we had formal conversazioni, and at these I soon took a prominent part, though the inquiring spirit strongly predominated over the oracular, which is likely to monopolize such assemblies.”
The Autobiography of a Journalist
“Now and then we had formal _conversazioni_, and at these I soon took a prominent part, though the inquiring spirit strongly predominated over the oracular, which is likely to monopolize such assemblies.”
“We have been accustomed to call the oracular sayings of men like Thales,”
“In my reading of this essay, Paglia does not really want a poem to be a verbal object but instead some kind of oracular pronouncement, a pronouncement in which "art" really has little if any role.”
“Like Edmundson, he continued to believe that the right kind of teaching (teaching that wasn't "oracular") could change lives, and when it came to his own writing, he turned his fictional double, Buddy Glass, into a writer who teaches college with great devotion.”
“Because the authors knew that this would go down like a lead balloon with the fans, the importance of these 'notes' and 'outlines' had been inflated many times until they became some kind of oracular vision, Frank Herbert guiding their writing hands from beyond the grave.”
“Random generation is a cornerstone of old school gaming, as is the acceptance of the "oracular" power of dice.”
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