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protreptic

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noun pro·trep·tic \prō-ˈtrep-tik\

Definition of protreptic

  1. :  an utterance (as a speech) designed to instruct and persuade

protreptic

adjective


Origin and Etymology of protreptic

Late Latin protrepticus hortatory, encouraging, from Greek protreptikos, from protrepein to turn forward, urge on, from pro- + trepein to turn


First Known Use: 1678


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