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rhetor professor of rhetoric XIV; (professional) orator XVI. ME. rethor (later rhetor) — Late L. rethor, var. of L. rhētor — Gr. rhḗtōr, f. *ϝrā, f. IE. *wer- (cf. WORD).
So rhetoric art of using language for persuasion. XIV. ME. ret(h)orique — OF. rethorique (mod. rhétorique) — L. rhētorica (medL. reth-) — Gr. rhētorikḗ, sb. use of adj. rhetorical XV. f. L. rhētōricus. rhetorician XV. — OF.

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