Meaning of oratory

or•a•to•ry

Pronunciation: (ôr'u-tôr"ē, -tōr"ē, or'-), [key]
— n.
  1. skill or eloquence in public speaking: The evangelist moved thousands to repentance with his oratory.
  2. the art of public speaking, esp. in a formal and eloquent manner.

or•a•to•ry

Pronunciation: (ôr'u-tôr"ē, -tōr"ē, or'-), [key]
— pl. -ries.
  1. a place of prayer, as a small chapel or a room for private devotions.
  2. (cap.)any of the religious societies of secular priests who live in religious communities but do not take vows.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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