Oratory Or"a*to*ry, n. [L. oratoria (sc. ars) the oratorical art.] 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. ``The oratory of Greece and Rome.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

When a world of men Could not prevail with all their oratory. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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