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 (rē′tôr′, -tər)
1. A teacher of rhetoric.
2. An orator.

[Middle English rether, from Latin rhētor, from Greek rhētōr; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Rhetoric) a teacher of rhetoric
2. (Rhetoric) (in ancient Greece) an orator
[C14: via Latin from Greek rhētōr; related to rhēma word]


(ˈri tər, ˈrɛt ər)

1. a master or teacher of rhetoric.
2. an orator.
[1325–75; Middle English rethor < Medieval Latin, Latin rhētor < Greek rhḗtōr= rhē-, variant s., in n. derivation, of eírein to speak, tell + -tōr agent suffix]


- A teacher of rhetoric or a master of it.
See also related terms for rhetoric.
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Cicero in Heaven: The Roman Rhetor and Luther's Reformation
The method here is as traditional and far removed from ethnographic work as it is possible to be, but there is a richness of detail that makes the audience, the text, and the rhetor as fully present in the mind of the reader as Blair (2001) might wish.
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For Simon, Obama's articulation of personal responsibility and care together mark Obama as a new kind of rhetor who opens up possibilities for both other rhetors and for rhetorical critics.
Nkrumah, as a rhetor, knew how to take advantage of physical setting to achieve the needed rhetorical effect (Monfils, 1977) among his audiences.
Augustine for the Philosophers: The Rhetor of Hippo, the Confessions, and the Continentals.
59) Considering it as the rhetor's contrived display of skill, the epideictic rhetor naturally demonstrated his skill before a learned audience, who alone felt qualified to assess his skill.
Fernheimer notes that dissociative disruption is rooted in The New Rhetoric's notion of the universal audience, a theoretical audience with assumed beliefs that is imagined by a rhetor.
15) Speaking truthfully ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) is, or should be, the sole criterion for judging how accomplished a rhetor is.
Schouler writes on Libanius' admiration for Plato's prose, although the rhetor did not participate in the Neoplatonist movement, as it is often claimed.
The first of six chapters lays the groundwork in Gregory's life as a rhetor, a master of words and persuasion, and their bearing on his theology of the Logos, "the Word of God who comes to guide him and his audience to the light of the Trinity" (9).
Conversion rhetoric reflects another form of arguing to win, focused more on actual change in audience behavior or thought to that of the rhetor (10).