[ret-uh-rish-uh n]
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Origin of rhetorician

1375–1425; late Middle English rethoricien < Middle French rethorique rhetoric + -ien -ian
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Historical Examples of rhetorician

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

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



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



  • 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


  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

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

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