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Definition of Oratory


  1. A place of orisons, or prayer; especially, a chapel or small room set apart for private devotions.
  2. The art of an orator; the art of public speaking in an eloquent or effective manner; the exercise of rhetorical skill in oral discourse; eloquence.

Oratory Quotations

Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

If you are giving a graduate course you don't try to impress the students with oratory, you try to challenge them, get them to question you.
Noam Chomsky

I don't have any oratory skills. But I would not use them if I had.
Noam Chomsky

A man may lack everything but tact and conviction and still be a forcible speaker; but without these nothing will avail... Fluency, grace, logical order, and the like, are merely the decorative surface of oratory.
Charles Horton Cooley

Ideal conversation must be an exchange of thought, and not, as many of those who worry most about their shortcomings believe, an eloquent exhibition of wit or oratory.
Emily Post
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Oratory Translations

oratory in Dutch is retoriek, rederijkerskunst
oratory in German is Redekunst, Rethorik
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