- First Reference: Isaiah 3:3
- Last Reference: Acts 24:1
- Included in Eastons: No
- Included in Hitchcocks: No
- Included in Naves: Yes
- Included in Smiths: Yes
- Included in Websters: Yes
- Included in Strongs: Yes
- Included in Thayers: Yes
- Included in BDB: Yes
- The Authorized Version rendering in (Isaiah 3:3) for what is literally "skillful in whisper or incantation."
- The title applied to Tertullus, who appeared as the advocate of the Jewish accusers of St. Paul before Felix, (Acts 24:1)
OR'ATOR, noun [Latin]
1. A public speaker. In ancient Rome, orators were advocates for clients in the forum and before the senate and people. They were employed in causes of importance instead of the common patron.
2. In modern usage, a person who pronounces a discourse publicly on some special occasion, as on the celebration of some memorable event.
3. An eloquent public speaker; a speaker, by way of eminence. We say, a man writes and reasons well, but is no orator Lord Chatham was an orator
4. In France, a speaker in debate in a legislative body.
5. In chancery, a petitioner.
6. An officer in the universities in England.
ORATOR'ICAL, adjective Pertaining to an orator or to oratory; rhetorical; becoming an orator. We say, a man has many oratorical flourishes, or he speaks in an oratorical way.
ORATOR'ICALLY, adverb In a rhetorical manner.
1. In Italian music, a sacred drama of dialogues, containing recitatives, duets, trios, ritornellos, choruses, etc. The subjects are mostly taken from the Scriptures.
2. A place of worship; a chapel.
OR'ATORY, noun [Low Latin oratoria, from orator.]
1. The art of speaking well, or of speaking according to the rules of rhetoric, in order to persuade. To constitute oratory the speaking must be just and pertinent to the subject; it must be methodical, all parts of the discourse being disposed in due order and connection; and it must be embellished with the beauties of language and pronounced with eloquence. oratory consists of four parts, invention, disposition, elocution, and pronunciation.
2. Exercise of eloquence.
3. Among the Romanists, a close apartment near a bed-chamber, furnished with an altar, a crucifix, etc. for private devotions.
4. A place allotted for prayer, or a place for public worship.