Definition of rhetorician in US English:



  • 1An expert in formal rhetoric.

    • ‘The senses of rhetoric deployed here are quite narrow, invoking what ancient rhetoricians would have thought of as the third and fifth canons of rhetoric respectively.’
    • ‘Coupland the slaphappy rhetorician, drunk on throwaway tropes and instant epigrams, puts Coupland the pop sociologist in the shade.’
    • ‘Numerous rhetoricians have also considered how rhetorical space is created and how it includes and excludes certain discourse, and certain speakers.’
    • ‘In times of radical change, artists, rhetoricians, and critical intellectuals too often underestimate our importance and our powers.’
    • ‘A rhetorician could note figures and tropes throughout the play.’
    • ‘As rhetoricians, we understand the strategic power of attending to practical resources of particular situations, and a rhetorical stance on rhetorical studies needs to put that understanding to use.’
    • ‘This department would bring together the twelve to fifteen scholars of composition/rhetoric in English with the four to six rhetoricians from communications.’
    • ‘It's plain silly to compartmentalize the disciplines, as if a botanist couldn't talk to an economist, a geologist to a rhetorician, or N. A. Chomsky to G. W. Bush.’
    • ‘To say that the drama often emphasizes the dark side of rhetoric is certainly true, but to argue that Renaissance rhetoricians were unaware of that side is simply to ignore a great deal of evidence to the contrary.’
    • ‘I'm interested that over the years, the people who have invited us into their classrooms to see how they teach and talk most intelligently about teaching are not the rhetoricians.’
    • ‘As rhetoricians with no one definition of rhetoric and no shared characterization of the writing whose teaching they would supervise, they would face the risk of intellectual chaos.’
    • ‘In short, Lacanian psychoanalytic theory can help rhetoricians navigate the posthumanist theoretical landscape in a characteristically rhetorical way.’
    • ‘Such work is likely to be outside the home unit's understanding of rhetoric, which will require educating colleagues who are not rhetoricians.’
    • ‘Olson, Richard McKeon, and Ronald Crane put hundreds of graduate students at least on speaking terms with classical rhetoric, and rhetoricians were active in the Hutchins college as well.’
    • ‘As rhetoricians, we generally take as a starting point that rhetoric involves action.’
    • ‘A distinguished cast of classical Greek and Roman rhetoricians differed fundamentally on the tasks of rhetoric and the evidence of their disputes is conveniently collected in Quintilian.’
    • ‘At the meeting of the Rhetoric Society of America in 2000 a group of rhetoricians from Communication and English met late one afternoon to consider the future of rhetoric as an academic discipline.’
    • ‘To the extent that Hoppin influenced Robinson, he would have accorded classical rhetoric primary importance and singled out Quintilian as the rhetorician deserving the highest praise.’
    • ‘If rhetoricians are the approved practitioners of rhetoric, they can expand their territory by an expansive definition.’
    • ‘Including the term ‘rhetoric,’ we rhetoricians argued, would help to both demystify the term and avoid giving the impression that the option was a sort of vocational track.’
    1. 1.1 A speaker whose words are primarily intended to impress or persuade.
      ‘they're ready to listen to any smooth-tongued rhetorician’
      • ‘The moralizing is given all the force which an accomplished rhetorician can provide and is enlivened by anecdote, hyperbole, and vigorous denunciation.’
      • ‘Campbell's manner is refined and thoughtful; he is not a forceful lecturer, but a measured and methodical rhetorician.’
      • ‘From a critical perspective, Juanita's awareness that her work could be ‘dismissed as bogus’ because of particular language choices is an important factor in her development as a rhetorician.’
      • ‘Although Hairston, Young, Becker and Pike take for granted that Rogers' theories are appropriate for use by rhetoricians as a means to persuade, this is not the case.’
      • ‘Wright begins with the note commonly sounded by rhetoricians: the orator must first feel the passion he wishes to ‘imprint’ in his audience.’
      • ‘Again, the image-based rhetorician has a competitive advantage over the concept-based rhetorician: imagery produces superior memory for verbal material.’
      • ‘But in the hands of the party's rhetoricians, such trite sentiments are intended to catch votes, not to express real policies.’
      • ‘By contrast, the new abolitionist calls are being issued primarily by rhetoricians in the field who consider, in Young's words, art as grammar.’
      • ‘Hence the rhetorician who wants to persuade by arguments or proofs can adapt most of the dialectical equipment.’
      speech-maker, public speaker, lecturer, talker, speechifier, expounder, orator, declaimer, haranguer
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Late Middle English: from Old French rethoricien, from rhetorique (see rhetoric).