oratory

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin ōrātōria, from the feminine of ōrātōrius (oratorial).

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oratory (uncountable)

  1. (uncountable) The art of public speaking, especially in a formal, expressive, or forceful manner.
  2. (uncountable) Eloquence; the quality of artistry and persuasiveness in speech or writing.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Anglo-Norman oratorie, Middle French oratoire, and their source, Late Latin ōrātōrium.

Noun[edit]

oratory (plural oratories)

  1. (countable) A private chapel.
    • Jeremy Taylor
      Do not omit thy prayers for want of a good oratory, or place to pray in.
  2. (countable) A large Roman Catholic church.
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