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speculator (plural speculators)
- One who speculates; an observer; a contemplator.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Thomas Browne to this entry?)
- One who forms theories; a theorist.
- 1666, Joseph Glanvill, Philosophical Considerations concerning Witches and Witchcraft:
- […] in things of Fact, the People are as much to be believed, as the most subtle Philosophers and Speculators, since here sense is the Judge.
- 1848, Thomas Babington Macaulay, The History of England from the Accession of James the Second:
- For, in the earlier part of the seventeenth century, a speculator who had dared to affirm that the human soul is by its nature mortal, and does, in the great majority of cases, actually die with the body, would have been burned alive in Smithfield.
- (business, finance) One who speculates; as in investing, one who is willing to take volatile risks upon invested principal for the potential of substantial returns.
- (rugby) Synonym of
one who speculates; as in investing
- (Classical) IPA(key): /spe.kuˈlaː.tor/, [spɛ.kʊˈɫ̪aː.t̪ɔr]
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /spe.kuˈla.tor/, [spɛ.kuˈlaː.t̪ɔr]
- spy, scout
- explorer, investigator
- → Catalan: especulador
- → English: speculator
- → French: spéculateur
- → Byzantine Greek: σπεκουλάτωρ (spekoulátōr)
- → Gothic: 𐍃𐍀𐌰𐌹𐌺𐌿𐌻𐌰𐍄𐌿𐍂 (spaikulatur)
- second-person singular future active imperative of
- third-person singular future active imperative of
- speculator in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- speculator in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- speculator in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
- speculator in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
- speculator in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers