/ ˈmenˌtôr; -tər/
an experienced and trusted adviser:
he was her friend and mentor until his death in 1915.
an experienced person in a company, college, or school who trains and counsels new employees or students.
to advise or train (someone, esp. a younger colleague).
/ -ˌship/ n.
One of the controls of William Stainton Moses, said to be Al-gazzali or Ghazali, professor of theology at Baghdad in the eleventh century, the greatest representative of the Arabian Philosophical School. "Mentor' "s main duty was to manage the phenomena at the séances. He was very successful with lights and scents and brought many apports.
In Book 16 of the spirit communications of Stainton Moses there is a story of "Mentor" carving heads on two shells in the dining room while dinner was going on; the sound of the process was heard.
, the character in whose guise Athena appears to the young Telemachus and acts as his guide and adviser; the familiarity of the story was reinforced by Les Aventures des Télémaque
(1699) by the French theologian and writer Fénélon. From the mid 18th century, mentor
has been used to mean an experienced and trusted adviser.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, Mentor was frequently used in book titles to denote a guide-book or book of advice.
experienced and trusted counsellor. XVIII. — F. mentor
, appellative use of L. Mentor
— Gr. Méntōr
, name of the Ithacan noble whose disguise Athene assumed to act as guide to the young Telemachus in the ‘Odyssey
’; the name was prob. chosen for its etymol. significance (f. *men-
remember, think, counsel).
mentor (men-tor) n.
a person with the experience and knowledge to fulfil the role of a trusted friend and adviser. The mentor guides, counsels, and supports a student or junior in a clinical or educational area. This role can be formal or informal.
•cantor • lector • caveat emptor
, mentor, stentor
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