Meaning of rhetor in English:


Pronunciation /ˈriːtə/


  • 1(in ancient Greece and Rome) a teacher of rhetoric.

    ‘Augustine of Hippo, perhaps the greatest of all theologians, was a trained rhetor who had served his time at the imperial court.’
    • ‘Perhaps even the ancient Greek rhetors had a term for it?’
    • ‘A native of Myrina in Asia Minor, where his father was a rhetor, he was educated at Alexandria and Constantinople, where he later practised law, a profession about whose conditions he complains in his Histories.’
    • ‘Mark harnesses the advice of these ancient rhetors on the use of example in persuasive speech-making and uses their techniques in his narrative.’
    • ‘Here, the author is conscious of balancing between the anti-Spartan bias current in the speeches of contemporary Athenian rhetors and the detached tenor in the writings of democracy's elite critics.’
    1. 1.1An orator.
      ‘In two sentences, he posits a fourth genre of rhetoric, one that characterizes most of the speeches featured in the address, and one particularly well suited to marginalized rhetors with limited access to traditional oratorical venues.’
      • ‘Foundational to Garver's argument is Aristotle's insight that the rhetorically relevant ethos is the one that is constructed in the rhetor's discourse.’
      • ‘Roth the poet and the rhetor excel in artistic performance when they transcend the ordinary modes of their respective discourses to create extraordinary effects.’
      • ‘The rhetor, for instance, would not imagine that he was clearing out a space in which he could express his thoughts and feelings.’
      • ‘The Aristotelian rhetor is assumed to have already arrived at the correct answers to any question upon which he is speaking, and so the object of Aristotelean rhetoric is persuasion.’
      • ‘Whereas Bitzer suggests that the rhetor discovers exigencies that already exist, Vatz argues that exigencies are created for audiences through the rhetor's work.’
      • ‘Garver argues that while logic is about the formal relationship of propositions to each other, practical reasoning is about the relationship of an audience and a rhetor to propositions.’
      • ‘This way, Reynolds is able to consider the character of the rhetor as a construction that shifts according to context, and she is able to include the context itself as a kind of character-maker.’
      • ‘The central question for an Aristotelian critic or historian is how artfully the rhetor marshaled those means to a particular end, and this is the question that seems central to the inquiries of Browne and Oison.’
      • ‘The so-called audience learns about the proposer herself, measures her credibility, considers her ideas, and deepens her understanding of the current exigency as the rhetor sees it.’
      • ‘Rossalea's hope that Celina will feel the same passion she feels, that she will become again an image of herself, is not unlike that of the rhetor who wants to instill in his audience his own feelingly expressed passion.’
      • ‘The strategies for recruitment and legwork I've described here may not be part of the traditional canons of rhetoric, but they do seem to be useful additions for teaching the post-modern rhetor.’
      • ‘Foss and Griffin emphasize that their approach ‘suggests the need for a new schema of ethics to fit interactional goals other than the inducement of others to adherence to the rhetor's own beliefs’.’
      • ‘Standing on the threshold of modernity, Vico advocates a sublime art of rhetoric practiced by the model citizen who is ‘both a rhetor and scientist, a flexible thinker who uses language and logic in both problem solving and persuasion’.’
      • ‘The rhetor could suggest a contradiction between these values and sexism and argue that sexism must be abandoned.’
      • ‘None of these thinkers, however, would argue that rhetors do not produce effects.’
      • ‘Eulogies instead tend to be set pieces, delivered by commissioned rhetors, who do not know the deceased well, if at all.’
      • ‘As rhetors, we have used our classrooms as spaces to position and reflectively open ourselves to revision from many perspectives.’
      • ‘African-American rhetors establish agency not by dismantling the master's house, but by transforming it into something that suits their aims.’
      • ‘Notably, while students had varying degrees of success with project two, it was clear that the rhetorical analysis they took up in project two helped them to think about their own goals as rhetors in project three.’
      speaker, public speaker, speech-maker, lecturer, declaimer, rhetorician


Via Latin from Greek rhētōr.