Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A teacher of rhetoric.
  • noun An orator.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A rhetorician; a master or teacher of rhetoric.
  • noun Among the ancient Greeks, an orator.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A rhetorician.

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  • noun obsolete A rhetorician.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English rether, from Latin rhētor, from Greek rhētōr; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

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Latin rhētor ("teacher of rhetoric, rhetorician"), from Ancient Greek ῥήτωρ (rētōr).

Examples

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  • "Wisely, he used the dialectic of the rhetor to examine the argument..."

    —Iain Pears, An Instance of the Fingerpost (New York: Riverhead Books, 1998), 293

    October 8, 2008

  • The rhetor provides the discourse; the rhetorician studies it.

    January 1, 2009