Complete Definition of "oracular"

English
Pronunciation
(US) IPA: /ËÉËrækjÉlÉr/

Adjective
oracular

  1. relating to an oracle

#*1810, Sir Walter Scott, Lady of the Lake
#:*In some of the Hebrides they attributed the same oracular power to a large black stone by the sea-shore, which they approached with certain solemnities, and considered the first fancy which came into their own minds, after they did so, to be the undoubted dictate of the tutelar deity of the stone, and, as such, to be, if possible, punctually complied with.

  1. prophetic, foretelling the future

#*1844, William Makepeace Thackeray, Barry Lyndon
#*:My Lord Chatham, whose wisdom his party in those days used to call superhuman, raised his oracular voice in the House of Peers against the American contest;

  1. ambiguous, hard to interpret

#*1754, Horace Walpole, letter to John Chute
#*:Nothing offended me but that lisping Miss Haughton, whose every speech is inarticulately oracular.
#*1895, Andrew Dickson White, History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom
#*:This utterance was admirably oracular, being susceptible of cogent quotation by both sides...

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