Antonyms for doctor

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My doctor says I must let it be for at least two months, and I mean to stick by him.

I can get along for a few hours, and then I'll have a doctor look at it.

This explosion of the doctor's meant that he invited and awaited some contradiction.

I have the Doctor von Herzlich been ge-speaking with—come, come!

The doctor there speaks of 'our steel pens,' as if they were not at all uncommon.

She knew that the little man they called the doctor was really Mr. Hancock.

Here he broke into a quiet laugh, so pleased was he to have the doctor take his part.

They covered him up warm, and left him to sleep till the doctor should appear.

The doctor bent his head low, lower, and lower still, before her.

She had expected to see the doctor, and started and trembled at sight of Hester.


c.1300, "Church father," from Old French doctour, from Medieval Latin doctor "religious teacher, adviser, scholar," in classical Latin "teacher," agent noun from docere "to show, teach, cause to know," originally "make to appear right," causative of decere "be seemly, fitting" (see decent). Meaning "holder of highest degree in university" is first found late 14c.; as is that of "medical professional" (replacing native leech (n.2)), though this was not common till late 16c. The transitional stage is exemplified in Chaucer's Doctor of phesike (Latin physica came to be used extensively in Medieval Latin for medicina).

Similar usage of the equivalent of doctor is colloquial in most European languages: cf. Italian dottore, French docteur, German doktor, Lithuanian daktaras, though these are typically not the main word in those languages for a medical healer. For similar evolution, cf. Sanskrit vaidya- "medical doctor," literally "one versed in science." German Arzt, Dutch arts are from Late Latin archiater, from Greek arkhiatros "chief healer," hence "court physician." French médecin is a back-formation from médicine, replacing Old French miege, from Latin medicus.


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