- a master or teacher of rhetoric.
- an orator.
Origin of rhetor
1325–75; < Latin rhētor < Greek rhḗtōr; replacing Middle English rethor < Medieval Latin, Latin, as above
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Examples from the Web for rhetors
Rhetors and sham-erudites are ecstatic about Burnside's conduct.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
All this is easy enough; the noble breed of heroes are a tribe of sophists and rhetors.Cratylus
He, and a fair proportion of the other rhetors named in the Phædrus, performed well the useful work which they undertook.
Rhetors persuade or communicate true opinion; but they do not teach or communicate knowledge.
An occasion for sneering at the Rhetors and Dikasts is always tempting to him.
- a teacher of rhetoric
- (in ancient Greece) an orator
C14: via Latin from Greek rhētōr; related to rhēma word