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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 or·a·to·ry /ˈɔrəˌtori, ˈɑr, ˌtɔr-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Or·a·to·ry n.; pl. Oratories   A place of orisons, or prayer; especially, a chapel or small room set apart for private devotions.
    An oratory [temple] . . . in worship of Dian.   --Chaucer.
    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 oratorians.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Or·a·to·ry, n.  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.”
 When a world of men
 Could not prevail with all their oratory.   --Shak.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : addressing an audience formally (usually a long and
          rhetorical address and often pompous); "he loved the
          sound of his own oratory"