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Vocabulary Words Ending in "Tor"

Based on the definitions, guess these words that end with the letters "tor".
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Last updated: May 13, 2024
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First submittedJune 7, 2011
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Definition
Word
Arena combatant in ancient Rome
Gladiator
Theater performer
Actor
Totalitarian leader
Dictator
Person who carries out a will
Executor
Airplane pilot
Aviator
One who determines a ship's course
Navigator
One who wins
Victor
Physician
Doctor
Opposite of descendant
Ancestor
In Britain, this person would be
called an estate agent
Realtor
"First person" who gives the account
of events in a book
Narrator
Definition
Word
Bird of prey
Raptor
Business owner
Proprietor
Legislator in ancient Rome or
the modern-day U.S.
Senator
One who searched for heresy against
the Catholic church
Inquisitor
Car part made obsolete by fuel injection
Carburetor
Maestro
Conductor
One who watches a sporting event
Spectator
Lawyer who tries to convict the defendant
Prosecutor
One who checks the accuracy of
financial statements
Auditor
One who manages a museum collection
Curator
Part of a bomb that starts the explosion
Detonator
77 Comments
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Level 73
Dec 11, 2013
Notice the pronunciation of all these -tor words. Now, for some reason, mentor is being pronounced menTOR. And Realtors are going along, their commercials talk about RealTORs. NO. STOP IT. STOP IT NOW. (Okay, breathing into a paper bag now.)
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Level 37
Aug 6, 2014
I'm glad someone else noticed that about those realtor commercials.
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Level 65
Aug 23, 2017
Realtor® is actually a trademark of the National Association of Realtors and you can't call yourself a Realto® unless you're a member. https://www.nar.realtor/logos-and-trademark-rules

Non-members are just real estate agents in the US.

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Level 37
Aug 12, 2018
A Realtor is someone who sells real estate, period. They existed long before the American Association of Realtors usurped their title for their own financial gain, which is a travesty. (and no, I am not a Realtor).
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Level 82
Nov 14, 2018
sounds like a pyramid scheme akin to the better business bureau, mary kay, etc.
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Level 80
Dec 1, 2022
Welcome to the English language, or rather spoken language in general lol. Things become the norm. Nothing to hyperventilate over. Mentor is absolutely pronounced with an "or" sound 99 percent of time here in the US. Realtor is pronounced either way.
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Level 34
May 21, 2024
"Menter" doesn't sound right, for whatever reason. It would be what you call your teacher if you're in the Southern U.S.
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Level 53
May 21, 2024
Wait, there are people who pronounce it menTOR?!?!
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Level 85
Dec 11, 2013
Great quiz! But am I the only one who noticed that one of the answers was "aviator" while the picture accompanying the quiz features an aviatrix?
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Level 82
Dec 12, 2013
Aviatrix is now considered archaic. Aviator is correct for both male and female pilots.
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Level 82
Nov 14, 2018
I still use it, as well. I don't think there's any need to remove gender from words. But all the same aviator is considered correct for both now.
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Level 74
May 21, 2024
Gender is socially constructed and performative, hence there is need to remove gender from all words. (I recommend reading Judith Butler)
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Level 70
Nov 14, 2018
There are some forms of old Latin that made it into early English, such as -tor for men and -trix for women. However, as you mentioned, those are now being replaced, as -tor is for both men and women, whereas -trix are for kids.
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Level 52
May 23, 2024
If that's the case, I vote we start using REALATRIX again.
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Level 84
Nov 15, 2018
Nice one GrandMo hahaha
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Level 52
Dec 16, 2021
Silly rabbit.
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Level 77
May 21, 2024
While I'm all in favor of de-gendering words that don't need to be gendered, such as professions, I make a special exception for "aviatrix" because it is an objectively awesome word.
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Level 34
May 21, 2024
It really is. How fun the word is to say should play a part in whether or not it's still used.
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Level 74
Jun 15, 2014
No, I noticed as well.
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Level 45
Dec 12, 2013
Got them all except "Business owner"--I thought of "investor" and then couldn't get it out of my mind after it didn't work.
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Level 70
May 21, 2024
Same for 'Director'. Once in there, nothing was going to shift it.
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Level 59
May 21, 2024
"Director" should be a correct answer (especially true in the UK)
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Level 55
Dec 13, 2013
Progenitor? a person or animal in the past that is related to a person or animal living now
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Level 81
Oct 24, 2018
That was my first guess too.
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Level 50
May 12, 2014
How about "progenitor" as well as "ancestor"?
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Level 89
Nov 28, 2020
I second “progenitor” as an acceptable alternative answer to “ancestor”.
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Level 35
May 22, 2014
Handler of multiple phone lines: Operator
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Level 51
May 4, 2015
The voice over question confused me. I thought it meant voice actors on animated movies or those who do dubbing.
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Level 64
May 18, 2016
No one else saw "legislator" in the clue and just stopped for a minute, unable to think of anything else? Just me? I mean, I got it but... man. It's RIGHT THERE.
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Level 85
Aug 10, 2017
I didn't expect to see the Spanish Inquisition on this quiz.
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Level 82
Nov 14, 2018
Nobody did.
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Level 34
May 21, 2024
I wouldn't have gotten that one if not for expecting it this one time.
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Level 71
Mar 12, 2018
Dear Quizmaster, could you spare us the infinite pain of having to type "tor" at the end of every answer? Most similar quizzes do...
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Level ∞
Sep 6, 2018
Thought about it but decided against it. It feels weird since the break isn't always in a clean place. Its more irritating to have the answer be filled in prematurely when you don't expect it.
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Level 67
Nov 14, 2018
Like the Spanish Inquisitorion
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Level 68
Nov 14, 2018
Infinite pain? Sheesh, that's a low pain threshold right there. I wonder how you would cope with childbirth...?
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Level 75
Nov 14, 2018
Or at a Robbie Williams concert
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Level 34
May 21, 2024
Maybe we could allow people to use exaggerations in peace!
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Level 78
May 21, 2024
I’d rather have my legs eaten by eels than suffer exaggeration!
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Level 40
Nov 14, 2018
Bird of prey - raptor? seems like a stretch
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Level 70
Nov 14, 2018
Raptor as it refers to a bird literally means "bird of prey", e.g. eagles, falcons, and hawks- not a stretch at all. This is separate, though probably related, to what I assume you're thinking of, the dinosaur.
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Level 61
May 23, 2024
Aren't eagles, falcons, and hawks the only raptors? I know those birds are collectively referred to as kites. They're related; they have the one backward-facing and three forward-facing talons, the large hooked beaks, etc. But now that I think of it, it seems strange to call an owl, or any other bird of prey, a raptor. But I could be totally wrong...
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Level 75
May 27, 2024
Yeah, you're almost totally wrong.
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Level 70
Sep 28, 2019
Raptor means robber/reaper/ravasher, first used for birds of prey since early 1800s. The raptor you are thinking of is the informal name of velociraptor, which didnt get its name until early 1900s. But with the same meaning for the last part, swift (velocity=speed) reaper.
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Level 77
May 21, 2024
It's quite literally the primary definition of the word in any dictionary you can find.
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Level 75
May 27, 2024
Brilliant use of hyperlinks
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Level 82
Nov 14, 2018
Words that end in -tor and the thumbnail preview is a word that does not end in -tor. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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Level 73
Nov 14, 2018
Couldn't conservator also fit for curator?
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Level 59
Nov 15, 2018
I really didn't expect one of the answers.
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Level 35
Nov 15, 2018
Business Owner = Vendor? I guess potentially not, but hopefully :)
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Level 70
Sep 28, 2019
but that would have to be ventor then..
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Level 75
Jan 23, 2019
My spanish sent me astray on "maestro". I'm thinking teacher... professor.
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Level 70
Sep 28, 2019
Ok, today I learned the difference between persecutor and prosecutor. Confusing when english isnt your native language and you get most of your english from the tv. If the words are mangled they sound basically the same. (or at least enough, to not realise a different word is used)

Still, I didnt do too bad, considering, only missed executor (could only think of legislator to end in -tor or notary which is the definition but does not end with -tor. But never had to deal with wills or any legal stuff) auditor and proprietor. (Had a bright moment later in the quiz to try pro instead of per secutor)

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Level 76
Oct 6, 2019
What about 'condor' for bird of prey?
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Level 77
Oct 16, 2019
Is only one specific kind of bird of prey, not an overall term. And of course, it doesn't end in -tor.
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Level 61
May 24, 2024
And it's not a bird of prey. "Condor" refers to two different species in the vulture family. They are scavengers.
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Level 71
Jan 6, 2020
Ignitor... technically it starts the explosion.
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Level 80
Mar 8, 2020
American spelling did for me on some
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Level 56
Aug 25, 2022
American or ancient Roman legislator

I get why it's not accepted, but legislator works, doesn't it?

Not marking suggestion cuz I don't really mean it.

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Level 72
Dec 19, 2022
Can you please put the Give up button back on each quiz?
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Level ∞
May 13, 2024
I know this comment is 18 months old, but the Give Up button was never removed.
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Level 68
May 22, 2024
Thanks for the clarification. For a moment I thought there may have been a period where I could not simply give up on a quiz.
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Level 75
May 27, 2024
You're no longer required to play to the death. It just makes good business sense.
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Level 65
May 21, 2024
nobody would ever type winnor without even thinking, would they? Well...for some reason that was my first though. Victor a close second
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Level 70
May 23, 2024
Wintor :D
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Level 63
May 21, 2024
"One who wins" the video game boy?
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Level 70
May 21, 2024
'Initiator' would also work for the part of a bomb question, particularly a nuclear device.
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Level 47
May 21, 2024
Was convinced that Solicitor was the finance one and Director was the business one.
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Level 67
May 21, 2024
noun: ignitor

1. a device for igniting a fuel mixture in an engine.

2. a device for causing an electric arc.

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Level 67
May 21, 2024
An electric detonator uses electrical currents to initiate detonation. Electrical currents from the detonator's lead wires or connectors ignite an electric match which in turn ignites a pyrotechnic delay element that initiates the base charge. The pyrotechnic delay element burns at an approximated rate.
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Level 41
May 22, 2024
Can't we technically accept predator for bird of prey?
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Level 60
May 22, 2024
That's the exact opposite, so no.
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Level 75
May 27, 2024
It's definitely not opposite, but still not a good answer since most predators are not birds of prey.
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Level 28
May 22, 2024
Dr Doofenshmirtz would slay at this
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Level 64
May 23, 2024
We use Realtor pretty regularly in Canada. And since we're the country most likely to use American terminology outside of the US, I feel like the use of "in Britain" is once again actually "everywhere that speaks English other than the US".
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Level 61
May 24, 2024
And Canada, apparently....
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Level 61
May 23, 2024
100% and only 6% of quiz takers can say the same?! What??! This never happens! Yay!