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.
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.