Definition of protreptic
: an utterance (such as a speech) designed to instruct and persuade
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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