a petty or mediocre orator ...1607 obs. rare
from Latin rhetorculus (mediocre orator),
from Latin rhētor (rhetor n. a teacher or professor of rhetoric) + -culus + -ist
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1607 - see EXAMPLE below
"... And therefore it pleaseth God, to let them passe through the fire, either of some reproachful Shemei (for the tong is a fire, saith S. Iac. 5. 6.) to reuile their persons: or some vnnaturall Cham, to reueale their turpitudes, or some Yelping Rhetorculists, to crie them downe into Premuniries..."
From: A Brand. Titio erepta. On the fift day of Nouember last, before the Honourable Lordes of his Maiesties Priuie Councell, and the graue iudges of the law, &c. this Sermon Preached by the Reuerend Father in Christ, William, Lord Bishoppe of Rochester.
- William Barlow