Definition of oralist in English:

oralist

adjective

  • Relating to or advocating oralism.

    • ‘A team formed by Deaf Life investigated the well-known Moscow Institute, and proclaimed it a failed experiment, in essence because of its rigid oralist program.’
    • ‘Highly organized and well-funded oralist organizations dominated the field of education in America and many European nations by the early twentieth century as well.’
    • ‘But after the Congress of Milan on deaf education oralist approaches gradually became universal.’
    • ‘As schools faced the challenge of oralist policies, Deaf churches gained greater influence by promoting cohesion within the community.’
    • ‘Moreover, oralist promises that Deaf children could speak pulled at the heart strings of parents who wanted to hear their children's voices, who wanted their children to be ‘normal’ like them.’

noun

  • A profoundly deaf person who uses speech and lip-reading to communicate, rather than sign language.

Pronunciation

oralist

/ˈɔːr(ə)lɪst/