Part of speech: noun

The art of public speaking; eloquence.

Part of speech: noun

A private chapel.

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Usage examples "oratory":

  1. In oratory the occasion is of the essence of the thing, and only those parts of an address which are permanent and universal in their appeal take their place in literature. - "Brief History of English and American Literature", Henry A. Beers.
  2. While he was a subject, he had been in the habit of hearing mass with closed doors in a small oratory which had been fitted up for his wife. - "The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 1 (of 5)", Thomas Babington Macaulay.
  3. He also wrote a regular treatise on French oratory. - "A Short History of French Literature", George Saintsbury.