variants or less commonly apocrisiary
plural apocrisiarii
or apocrisiaries
: a plenipotentiary delegate formerly representing a power and residing at a foreign capital
especially : a papal nuncio serving at the imperial court in Constantinople during the early centuries of the medieval era

Word History


Late Latin apocrisiarius, apocrisarius, from Late Greek apokrisis message (from Greek, answer, from apokrinesthai to answer—from apokrinein to separate, choose, from apo- + krinein to separate, distinguish, decide— + -sis) + Latin -arius -ary

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“Apocrisiarius.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apocrisiarius. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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