- orator:  Orator is one of a small family of English words that go back to the Latin verb ōrāre ‘speak’. Others include oracle , oration  (whence, by back-formation, orate ), and oratory ‘public speaking’ . And besides these, there is a special subset of words that depend on a later, extended sense of ōrāre, ‘pray’: adore  (etymologically ‘pray to’), inexorable, oratory ‘small chapel’  (whose Italian form has given English oratorio ), and the now archaic orison ‘prayer’  (etymologically the same word as oration).
=> adore, inexorable, oracle, orison
- orator (n.)
- late 14c., "one who pleads or argues for a cause," from Anglo-French oratour (Modern French orateur), from Latin orator "speaker," from orare "to speak, speak before a court or assembly, pray, plead," from PIE root *or- "to pronounce a ritual formula" (cognates: Sanskrit aryanti "they praise," Homeric Greek are, Attic ara "prayer," Hittite ariya- "to ask the oracle," aruwai- "to revere, worship"). Meaning "public speaker" is attested from early 15c.
- 1. Lenin was the great orator of the Russian Revolution.
- 2. a fine political orator
- 3. He was so eloquent that he cut down the finest orator.
- 4. He excels as an orator.
- 5. The orator gestured vigorously while speaking.
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