Definition of protreptic in English:

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Pronunciation: /prəʊˈtrɛptɪk/


Intended to persuade or instruct: the dialogues have a protreptic function
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  • He identifies Romans as "a deliberative discourse which uses an epistolary framework and in some ways comports with a protreptic letter."
  • This text belongs to the well-established genre in ancient philosophy of protreptic or exhortational literature.
  • He put his literary skills, human experience, and common sense at the service of his protreptic and paedagogic purpose.


A piece of writing or speech intended to persuade or instruct: ancient philosophical protreptics
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  • Plato's attempt to argue for the split between the intelligible and sensible world in Books VI and VII of the Republic may well be a protreptic directed at Archytas, who refused to separate numbers from things.
  • His work is a protreptic to the contemplation of God.
  • Obviously no pupil of Plato who was acquainted with the main parts of the Republic could have blamed Socrates for concerning himself merely with protreptics in political ethics.


Mid 17th century: via late Latin from Greek protreptikos 'instructive', from pro- 'before' + trepein 'to turn'.

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