from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of an orator or oratory.
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- adj. of, or relating to oratory or an orator
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to an orator or to oratory; characterized by oratory; rhetorical; becoming to an orator
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to an orator or to oratory; rhetorical; becoming, befitting, or necessary to an orator: as, oratorical flourishes; to speak in an oratorical way.
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- adj. characteristic of an orator or oratory
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I became interested in words I suppose mainly in high school, because in those days people had what they called oratorical contests.
[a] The ancient critics made a wide distinction, between a mere facility of speech, and what they called the oratorical faculty.
1Co 2: 1-4, 13; 2Co 10: 10, 11, shows his words were not without weight, though his "speech" was deficient in oratorical artifice.
Obama has no substance except his so called oratorical ability.
In time, the free-flown speeches of the judges were curbed; and what one might call the oratorical style of law practice died down, though it never died out.
There will be a moderate use of what I may call oratorical furniture; for there is to a certain degree what I may call our furniture, consisting of ornaments partly of things and partly of words.
Thus his assertion (Histoire de l'harmonie, c. ii, pp. 158-159) that the neums "have their origin in the accents of the Latin language", an assumption which became the basis for the so-called oratorical rhythm in plain chant, was disproved long ago by the mensuralist school of chant rhythm and, more recently, by the Rev.J. Thibaut in his work "Origine byzantine de la notation neumatique de l'église latine" (Paris, 1907).
Her manner, at times, might be called oratorical, more particularly when she bewails the departure of the golden age, or declaims upon the prospect of its revival amongst the rejuvenescent glories of the Old Dominion.
Everything was thrown at Obama: his inexperience and questionable associations, his so-called oratorical skills vs. a lack of substance, his supposed unreadiness to become commander in chief -- charges that were also used by
Rather fay you will not, I remember when I had the honour to fit in parliament the old fiirft Lord Lyttletoriy in one of his oratorical, or at load called oratorical, fpeeches, thundering out again and again, as a burthen of a fong; — * Notumus