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 for orator
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Orator \Or"a*tor\, n. [L., fr. orare to speak, utter. See
     1. A public speaker; one who delivers an oration; especially,
        one distinguished for his skill and power as a public
        speaker; one who is eloquent.
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              I am no orator, as Brutus is.         --Shak.
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              Some orator renowned
              In Athens or free Rome.               --Milton.
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     2. (Law)
        (a) In equity proceedings, one who prays for relief; a
        (b) A plaintiff, or complainant, in a bill in chancery.
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     3. (Eng. Universities) An officer who is the voice of the
        university upon all public occasions, who writes, reads,
        and records all letters of a public nature, presents, with
        an appropriate address, those persons on whom honorary
        degrees are to be conferred, and performs other like
        duties; -- called also public orator.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a person who delivers a speech or oration [syn: orator,
           speechmaker, rhetorician, public speaker,

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  ORATOR, practice. A good man, skillful in speaking well, and who employs a 
  perfect eloquence to defend causes either public or private. Dupin, 
  Profession d'Avocat, tom. 1, p. 19.. 
       2. In chancery, the party who files a bill calls himself in those 
  pleadings your orator. Among the Romans, advocates were called orators. 
  Code, 1, 8, 33, 1. 

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