Oratory

Definition of Oratory

Or´a`to`ry
n.1.A place of orisons, or prayer; especially, a chapel or small room set apart for private devotions.
An oratory [temple] . . . in worship of Dian.
- Chaucer.
Do not omit thy prayers for want of a good oratory, or place to pray in.
- Jer. Taylor.
Fathers of the Oratory
(R. C. Ch.) a society of priests founded by St. Philip Neri, living in community, and not bound by a special vow. The members are called also oratorians.
1.The art of an orator; the art of public speaking in an eloquent or effective manner; the exercise of rhetorical skill in oral discourse; eloquence.
When a world of men
Could not prevail with all their oratory.
- Shak.

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Lady chapel, address, articulateness, articulation, chantry, chapel, chapel of ease, chapel royal, command of language, command of words, debating, declamation, demagogism, diction, effective style, elocution, eloquence, eloquent tongue, enunciation, expression, expressiveness, facundity, felicitousness, felicity, fluency, forensics, gift of expression, gift of gab, glibness, grandiloquence, graphicness, homiletics, lecturing, magniloquence, meaningfulness, oratorium, platform oratory, public speaking, pyrotechnics, rabble-rousing, rhetoric, sacellum, sacrament chapel, sacrarium, school chapel, side chapel, silver tongue, slickness, smoothness, speaking, speechcraft, speechification, speeching, speechmaking, stump speaking, vividness, wordcraft
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