[kwin-til-yuh n, -ee-uh n]


Marcus Fabius Quintilianus, a.d. c35–c95, Roman rhetorician.

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Historical Examples of quintilian

  • He rarely made in that convention a speech which Quintilian would have approved.

    Patrick Henry

    Moses Coit Tyler

  • Poggio rescued “Quintilian” from the counter of a wood merchant.

    The Library

    Andrew Lang

  • Quintilian tried to stay this tide, and taught that oratory should conceal itself.

  • I am now busy with Quintilian and Lucan, both excellent writers.

  • The same may be said of other examples adduced, here as afterward, by Quintilian.

    The Life of Cicero

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for quintilian



Latin name Marcus Fabius Quintilianus. ?35–?96 ad, Roman rhetorician and teacher
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