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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Oratory  \Or"a*to*ry\,  n.;  pl  {Oratories}.  [OE.  oratorie,  fr  L. 
  oratorium  fr  oratorius  of  praying,  of  an  orator:  cf  F. 
  oratoire  See  {Orator},  {Oral},  and  cf  {Oratorio}.] 
  A  place  of  orisons,  or  prayer;  especially,  a  chapel  or  small 
  room  set  apart  for  private  devotions. 
  An  oratory  [temple]  .  .  .  in  worship  of  Dian. 
  Do  not  omit  thy  prayers  for  want  of  a  good  oratory,  or 
  place  to  pray  in  --Jer.  Taylor. 
  {Fathers  of  the  Oratory}  (R.  C.  Ch.),  a  society  of  priests 
  founded  by  St  Philip  Neri,  living  in  community,  and  not 
  bound  by  a  special  vow.  The  members  are  called  also 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Oratory  \Or"a*to*ry\,  n.  [L.  oratoria  (sc.  ars)  the  oratorical 
  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. 
  When  a  world  of  men  Could  not  prevail  with  all  their 
  oratory.  --Shak. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  addressing  an  audience  formally  (usually  a  long  and 
  rhetorical  address  and  often  pompous);  "he  loved  the 
  sound  of  his  own  oratory" 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
  ORATORY,  n.  A  conspiracy  between  speech  and  action  to  cheat  the 
  understanding.  A  tyranny  tempered  by  stenography. 

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