The word oratory in the functional sense refers to the totality of the skills and abilities that enable and shape the writing and delivery of a speech.

In the institutional-disciplinary sense, the word oratory refers to the teaching and practice of writing and delivering speeches.

In a broad understanding of the term, the teaching and practice of the writing and presentation of oral utterances of other genres are also counted as oratory in the institutional sense.

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The definition outlined above was first published in: Jörn Lengsfeld: Glossary of Public Speaking. Please refer to the original publication if you want to cite the text.