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or•a•to•ry



Pronunciation: (ôr'u-tôr"ē, -tōr"ē, or'-), [key]
n.
1. skill or eloquence in public speaking: The evangelist moved thousands to repentance with his oratory.
2. the art of public speaking, esp. in a formal and eloquent manner.

or•a•to•ry



Pronunciation: (ôr'u-tôr"ē, -tōr"ē, or'-), [key]
n.,
pl. -ries.

1. a place of prayer, as a small chapel or a room for private devotions.
2. (cap.) Rom. Cath. Ch.any of the religious societies of secular priests who live in religious communities but do not take vows.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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