See also: Oratory
oratory (plural oratories)
- A private chapel or prayer room. [from 14th c.]
- 1764, Horace Walpole, “chapter II”, in The Castle of Otranto:
- I will retire to my oratory, and pray to the blessed Virgin to inspire you with her holy counsels […] .
- A Roman Catholic chapel; a building for public or private worship that is not a parish church.
- 1876, Michael Comerford, The Book of Holy Indulgences […] , page 29:
- By public oratories are meant those attached to monasteries, convents, seminaries, etc., having a public entrance by which the faithful have access to them.
- (specifically) A Catholic church belonging to the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri.
- 2006, Judith F. Champ, William Bernard Ullathorne, 1806–1889: A Different Kind of Monk, →ISBN, page 168:
- They had been given the old Oscott College premises as a temporary home, but were content there until Oratories could be established in the cities. St Philip Neri had specifically intended that the Oratory should be a city-based form of communal and missionary life.
- (church of the Oratory of St Philip Neri): Oratory
large Roman Catholic church
- The art of public speaking, especially in a formal, expressive, or forceful manner. [from 16th c.]
- Eloquence; the quality of artistry and persuasiveness in speech or writing.
- (art of public speaking): public speaking
art of public speaking
eloquence — see eloquence
- Alternative form of