What does the word oratory mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  3. He also wrote a regular treatise on French oratory. – A Short History of French Literature by George Saintsbury