Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or being an oracle.
  • adj. Resembling or characteristic of an oracle:
  • adj. Solemnly prophetic.
  • adj. Enigmatic; obscure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or relating to an oracle.
  • adj. Prophetic, foretelling the future.
  • adj. Ambiguous, hard to interpret.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of an oracle or oracles.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to an oracle
  • adj. obscurely prophetic
  • adj. resembling an oracle in obscurity of thought

Etymologies

From Latin ōrāculum, oracle, from ōrāre, to speak.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • 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.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • 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.

    The Shame of No Shame: Fawning, Sniping in Media Land

  • 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

    Dickens-Land

  • 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.

    The Autobiography of a Journalist, Volume I

  • We have been accustomed to call the oracular sayings of men like Thales,

    Chips From A German Workshop, Vol. V. Miscellaneous Later Essays

  • 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.

    Poetry

  • 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.

    Nicolaus Mills: J.D. Salinger's Teaching Advice

  • 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.

    The Winds of Dune...or should that be hot air?

  • Random generation is a cornerstone of old school gaming, as is the acceptance of the "oracular" power of dice.

    Fight On! Review in Brief

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  • This is a fabulous sounding word.

    November 20, 2007