I. noun (plural -ries) Etymology: Middle English oratorie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin oratorium, from Latin orare Date: 14th century 1. a place of prayer; especially a private or institutional chapel 2. capitalized an Oratorian congregation, house, or church II. noun Etymology: Latin oratoria, from feminine of oratorius oratorical, from orare Date: 1594 1. the art of speaking in public eloquently or effectively 2. a. public speaking that employs oratory b. public speaking that is characterized by the use of stock phrases and that appeals chiefly to the emotions

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