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raisonneur

[rez-uh-nur; French re-zaw-nœr] /ˌrɛz əˈnɜr; French rɛ zɔˈnœr/
noun, plural raisonneurs
[rez-uh-nurz; French re-zaw-nœr] /ˌrɛz əˈnɜrz; French rɛ zɔˈnœr/ (Show IPA)
1.
a character in a play, novel, or the like who voices the central theme, philosophy, or point of view of the work.
Origin of raisonneur
1900-1905
1900-05; < French: literally, one who reasons or argues, equivalent to raisonn(er) to reason, argue + -eur -eur
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  • Since I was lugged, even as a sort of raisonneur, into their little drama, I may be pardoned for some curiosity as to development.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke

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