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Definition of Oratory

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

History is moving the furniture around in the house of mankind just about everywhere but the U.S.A. Things have changed, except here, where people come and go through the rooms of state, and everything looks shabbier by the day, and lethargy eats away at the upholstery like an acid fog, and the walls reverberate with meaningless oratory.
James Howard Kunstler

Oratory is the masterful art. Poetry, painting, music, sculpture, architecture please, thrill, inspire - but oratory rules. The orator dominates those who hear him, convinces their reason, controls their judgment, compels their action. For the time being, he is master.
David Josiah Brewer

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

The object of oratory alone in not truth, but persuasion.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
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Oratory Translations

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