rhet·​o·​ri·​cian | \ ˌre-tə-ˈri-shən How to pronounce rhetorician (audio) \

Definition of rhetorician

1a : a master or teacher of rhetoric
b : orator
2 : an eloquent or grandiloquent writer or speaker

Examples of rhetorician in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Magufuli’s Covid-19 response is bringing to the fore another, often overlooked perspective: the president as politician and rhetorician. Dan Paget, Quartz Africa, "The Covid-19 pandemic is casting Tanzania’s Magufuli in the worst light, in an election year," 13 May 2020 In one of the show's most mesmerizing moments, the tension ballooned as Lalo made Jimmy repeat his false account over and over, before Kim transformed from chilled onlooker into forceful rhetorician. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "Better Call Saul star Rhea Seehorn breaks down Kim's stunning moves — and that final scene," 14 Apr. 2020 Make no mistake: David Bentley Hart is an able rhetorician and polemicist. Nicholas Frankovich, National Review, "The Eternal Debate over the Nature of Hell," 12 Sep. 2019 The skills required are not those of a university lecturer but a rhetorician. Tim Requarth, Slate Magazine, "Scientists, Stop Thinking Explaining Science Will Fix Things," 19 Apr. 2017 His most important tool, as a scientist and rhetorician, would be simplicity. Daniel Engber, Slate Magazine, "Daryl Bem Proved ESP Is Real," 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of rhetorician

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Rhetorician.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhetorician. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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