Word of the DaySunday, March 04, 2012
\aw-RAK-yuh-ler\ , adjective;
Of the nature of, resembling, or suggesting an oracle.
Giving forth utterances or decisions as if by special inspiration or authority.
Uttered or delivered as if divinely inspired or infallible; sententious.
"If you want me to understand, you'll have to be less oracular," Daisy said, patience wearing thin.
-- Carola Dunn, Mistletoe and Murder
His demurrals, disclaimers, and protestations of ignorance were completely ineffective. Whatever guess he was finally strong-armed into hazarding was received as oracular.
-- Deborah Eisenberg, Twilight of the Superheroes
Oracular comes from the Latin word oracle, meaning "a message from god." The suffix -ar forms an adjective from a noun, like the word lunar.
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