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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

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

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

Next to fried foods, the South has suffered most from oratory.
Brooks Hays

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

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