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 for public 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 The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Public \Pub"lic\, a. [L. publicus, poblicus, fr. populus people:
     cf. F. public. See People.]
     1. Of or pertaining to the people; belonging to the people;
        relating to, or affecting, a nation, state, or community;
        -- opposed to private; as, the public treasury.
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              To the public good
              Private respects must yield.          --Milton.
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              He [Alexander Hamilton] touched the dead corpse of
              the public credit, and it sprung upon its feet. --D.
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     2. Open to the knowledge or view of all; general; common;
        notorious; as, public report; public scandal.
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              Joseph, . . . not willing to make her a public
              example, was minded to put her away privily. --Matt.
                                                    i. 19.
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     3. Open to common or general use; as, a public road; a public
        house. "The public street." --Shak.
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     public act or public statute (Law), an act or statute
        affecting matters of public concern. Of such statutes the
        courts take judicial notice.
     Public credit. See under Credit.
     Public funds. See Fund, 3.
     Public house, an inn, or house of entertainment.
     Public law.
        (a) See International law, under International.
        (b) A public act or statute.
     Public nuisance. (Law) See under Nuisance.
     Public orator. (Eng. Universities) See Orator, 3.
     Public stores, military and naval stores, equipments, etc.
     Public works, all fixed works built by civil engineers for
        public use, as railways, docks, canals, etc.; but
        strictly, military and civil engineering works constructed
        at the public cost.
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