oratory oratory  /ˈɔ rə ˌtɔ ri/


  • (n) addressing an audience formally (usually a long and rhetorical address and often pompous)


  1. The closing sessions of the meeting of the Anti-Saloon League in Chicago were brilliant with oratory.
  2. Her father was keen on amateur theatricals in the home; his daughter later enthralled the suffragists with her oratory and her voice.
  3. In fact, some of the most famous lines of modern oratory have questionable paternity.


  1. Area teen is third in RTL oratory contest

    HOLT, Mich. - Eighteen high school students recently gathered in Holt, Mich., to compete in the 24th Annual Right to Life of Michigan Educational Fund High School Oratory Contest.
    on June 25, 2013     Source: The Escanaba Daily Press

  2. Disaster after disaster

    Even the best oratory is hollow if there's no substance to it.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: The Augusta Chronicle

  3. Obama Offers Few Nuclear Policy Surprises in Berlin

    WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Wednesday delivered in Berlin a modified replay of his 2009 Prague speech on the eventual elimination of nuclear weapons, featuring a similar brand of soaring oratory about high ideals that his European fans and critics alike have come to expect.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: National Journal via Yahoo! News


  1. "His canonization confirms the devotion of the countless people who came to him for help during his life, the million who attended his funeral and the two million who visit St. Joseph's Oratory every year," Harper said. "Brother Andre's life...
    on Feb 19, 2010 By: Stephen Harper Source: CTV.ca

  2. "The speech he made after Iowa and the speech he made the other night after South Carolina are equal in eloquence to Martin Luther King Jr.," Mr. Carter said. "He has an extraordinary oratory : I think that Obama will be almost automatically...
    on Jan 29, 2008 By: Jimmy Carter Source: Wall Street Journal

  3. "No one in the history of the Senate could match Byrd's thunderous oratory; his sense of history; his determination to teach every President the limits of his power; and his lifelong passion to fight for West Virginia," Mr. Durbin wrote.
    on Jun 28, 2010 By: Dick Durbin Source: New York Times (blog)

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