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[awr-uh-tawr-i-kuh l, or-uh-tor-] /ˌɔr əˈtɔr ɪ kəl, ˌɒr əˈtɒr-/
of, relating to, or characteristic of an orator or oratory:
His oratorical prowess has led to political success.
given to oratory:
an oratorical speaker.
Origin of oratorical
1610-20; orator, orator(y)1 + -ical
Related forms
oratorically, adverb
semioratorical, adjective
semioratorically, adverb
superoratorical, adjective
superoratorically, adverb
unoratorical, adjective
unoratorically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But feints, winks, and oratorical extravagance are the daily tactics of politics.
  • His heavy handiness is not covered up by his oratorical skills.
  • Two facts finally emerge from the oratorical fog enveloping the troubles of civil aviation.
  • She established an oratorical contest to motivate students to develop language proficiency.
  • Haynes is chiefly remembered for his sponsorship of railroad-building and for his brilliant oratorical skills.
  • The tall redhead early manifested oratorical abilities and considered a career in the theater but instead turned to teaching.
  • The purpose of this event is to enhance students' writing, oratorical, and presentation skills.
  • He interviewed candidates, conducted oratorical contests and served as post adjutant.
Word Origin and History for oratorical

1580s, from orator or oratory + -ical, or else from Latin oratorius (see oratory (n.1)). Related: Oratorical; oratorically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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