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First published 1990 (DOST Vol. VII).
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Rethor, -o(u)r(e, n. Also: rhet-. [ME and e.m.E. rethor (c1375), rhetor (1588), med. L. and L. rhetor (med. L. also freq. rethor), f. the Gk.] A teacher of rhetoric. b. transf. A master of eloquence or literary expression. c. attrib. = Rethoricall adj. c1500-c1512 Dunb. (O.U.P.) 179/38.
Rethoris logicianis and theologgis
1533 Boece 169.
Quintiliane oratoure and rhetoure maist preclare
b. c1500-c1512 Dunb. Flyt. 97 (M).
Thow callis thé rethore [B. Rethory] with the goldin lippis
Id. G. Targe 253.
O reverend Chaucere rose of rethoris [B. rethouris] all
1604-31 Craig ii 64.
Thy … virtues … No poets pen nor rhetors tong can tell
c. a1568 Bann. MS 234b/52.
Wald God … That I wer ful of rethore termys jocond

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