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oratorical

[awr-uh-tawr-i-kuh l, or-uh-tor-] /ˌɔr əˈtɔr ɪ kəl, ˌɒr əˈtɒr-/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of an orator or oratory:
His oratorical prowess has led to political success.
2.
given to oratory:
an oratorical speaker.
Origin of oratorical
1610-1620
1610-20; orator, orator(y)1 + -ical
Related forms
oratorically, adverb
semioratorical, adjective
semioratorically, adverb
superoratorical, adjective
superoratorically, adverb
unoratorical, adjective
unoratorically, adverb
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  • At last he cleared his throat, oratorically, and then she promptly interrupted him.

  • "You are a low-minded, mercenary creature," said O'Shea, oratorically.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • "I tell you it is so," he said oratorically and dogmatically to the others.

    Before the Dawn Joseph Alexander Altsheler
  • He had, he says, “fought with beasts (oratorically) in divers arenas.”

    Dickens Adolphus William Ward
  • Men aim to speak earnestly and convincingly, but not oratorically.

    The Last Harvest John Burroughs
  • I take the liberty of making the remark, as one who has fought with beasts (oratorically) in divers arenas.

Word Origin and History for oratorically

oratorical

adj.

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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