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

  • n. An expert in or teacher of rhetoric.
  • n. An eloquent speaker or writer.
  • n. A person given to verbal extravagance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An expert or student of rhetoric.
  • n. An orator or eloquent public speaker.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Suitable to a master of rhetoric.
  • n. One well versed in the rules and principles of rhetoric.
  • n. A teacher of rhetoric.
  • n. An orator; specifically, an artificial orator without genuine eloquence; a declaimer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A teacher of rhetoric or oratory; one who teaches the art of correct and effective speech or composition.
  • n. One who is versed in the art and principles of rhetoric; especially, one who employs rhetorical aid in speech or written composition; in general, a public speaker, especially one who speaks for show; a declaimer.
  • Belonging to or befitting a master of rhetoric.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who delivers a speech or oration


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  • To the logician, it appears to be a paradox, whereas the rhetorician is likely to ponder its persistent oscillation between the inalienable status of the name and the as yet unrealized authority of the concept.

    The Voice of Critique: Aesthetic Cognition After Kant,

  • The rhetorician is a maker of beliefs in the souls of his auditors

    Plato on Rhetoric and Poetry

  • He characteristically remarks that he will not speak as a rhetorician, that is to say, he will not make a regular defence such as Lysias or one of the orators might have composed for him, or, according to some accounts, did compose for him.

    The Apology

  • He characteristically remarks that he will not speak as a rhetorician, that is to say, he will not make a regular defence such as


  • He calls the rhetorician, who was the master of Q. Mucius Scævola, consul B.C.

    Plutarch's Lives Volume III.

  • In rhetoric, however, the term 'rhetorician' may describe either the speaker's knowledge of the art, or his moral purpose.

    Aristotle's Rhetoric - Selected Moments

  • His recovery was not in this instance due to the calling on himself for the rescue of an ancient and glorious country; nor altogether to the spectacle of the shipping, over the parapet, to his right: the hundreds of masts rising out of the merchant river; London's unrivalled mezzotint and the City 'rhetorician's inexhaustible argument: he gained it rather from the imperious demand of an animated and thirsty frame for novel impressions.

    One of Our Conquerors — Volume 1

  • An important Socratic Dialogue in which Plato sets the rhetorician, whose specialty is persuasion, in opposition to the philosopher, whose specialty is dissuasion, or refutation.

    Capsule Summaries of the Great Books of the Western World

  • As if they were mutually exclusive arguments incapable of sharing space in the same brain, the once great rhetorician rejects the journalist's interpretation of his words, arguing that, "My idea, as the whole world knows, is that the capitalist system doesn't work for the United States, nor for the world (...) how could such a system serve for a socialist country like Cuba?"

    Yoani Sanchez: Fidel's Words Continue to Echo... Bitterly

  • Johnson made his name as a critic and rhetorician.

    Letter 20


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