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rhetorician

[ret-uh-rish-uh n]
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noun
  1. an expert in the art of rhetoric.
  2. a person who teaches rhetoric.
  3. a person who writes or speaks in an elaborate or exaggerated style.

Origin of rhetorician

1375–1425; late Middle English rethoricien < Middle French rethorique rhetoric + -ien -ian
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Examples from the Web for rhetorician

Historical Examples

  • The manners are clumsy and inferior; the hand of the rhetorician is apparent at every turn.

    The Republic

    Plato

  • You say that you can make any man, who will learn of you, a rhetorician?

    Gorgias

    Plato

  • The rhetorician then must be a just man, and rhetoric is a just thing.

    Gorgias

    Plato

  • Seneca was the most eminent writer, rhetorician, and orator of his time.

  • That matters very little, except to a pedant and a rhetorician.


British Dictionary definitions for rhetorician

rhetorician

noun
  1. a teacher of the art of rhetoric
  2. a stylish or eloquent writer or speaker
  3. a person whose speech is pompous or extravagant
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Word Origin and History for rhetorician

n.

early 15c., Old French rethoricien, from rethorique (see rhetoric).

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