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[awr-uh-tawr-i-kuh l, or-uh-tor-] /ˌɔr əˈtɔr ɪ kəl, ˌɒr əˈtɒr-/

of, relating to, or characteristic of an or :
His oratorical prowess has led to political success.
given to :
an oratorical speaker.

1580s, from orator or oratory + -ical, or else from Latin oratorius (see oratory (n.1)). Related: Oratorical; oratorically.


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