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oracular

[aw-rak-yuh-ler, oh-rak-] /ɔˈræk yə lər, oʊˈræk-/
adjective
1.
of the nature of, resembling, or suggesting an oracle:
an oracular response.
2.
giving forth utterances or decisions as if by special inspiration or authority.
3.
uttered or delivered as if divinely inspired or infallible; sententious.
4.
ambiguous; obscure.
5.
portentous; ominous.
Origin of oracular
1625-1635
1625-35; < Latin ōrācul(um) oracle + -ar1
Related forms
oracularly, adverb
oracularity
[aw-rak-yuh-lar-i-tee, oh-rak-] /ɔˌræk yəˈlær ɪ ti, oʊˌræk-/ (Show IPA),
oracularness, noun
Synonyms
1. prophetic. 2. authoritative, dogmatic. 4. equivocal.
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  • In response to this oracular utterance, Rose merely bent lower over her plate.

    Leonora Arnold Bennett
  • And Marion delivered this speech with a most oracular and pretentious tone.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • "Keeping in good condition is about three-fourths of war," said Obed in an oracular tone.

    The Texan Scouts Joseph A. Altsheler
  • "You are neither of you right, as usual," said little Potts, in his oracular way.

    Potts's Painless Cure Edward Bellamy
  • “A deteckative acquires dexterity in the way of capturing up the criminal classes,” he said with oracular yet modest simplicity.

  • Margaret was oracular and mysterious, and looked like a thundercloud.

    Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell
  • His method is gnomic, laconic, oracular; never persuasive or plausible.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
British Dictionary definitions for oracular

oracular

/ɒˈrækjʊlə/
adjective
1.
of or relating to an oracle: Apollo had his oracular shrine at Delphi
2.
wise and prophetic: an oracular political thriller
3.
mysterious or ambiguous
Derived Forms
oracularly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for oracular
adj.

1670s, from Latin oraculum (see oracle) + -ar.

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