pro·​trep·​tic prō-ˈtrep-tik How to pronounce protreptic (audio)
: an utterance (such as a speech) designed to instruct and persuade
protreptic adjective

Word History


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

First Known Use

1678, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of protreptic was in 1678

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Cite this Entry

“Protreptic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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