ap·​o·​cri·​si·​ar·​i·​us | \ ˌapəˌkriz(h)ēˈa(a)rēəs \
variants: or less commonly apocrisiary \ -​ˈkriz(h)ēˌerē , -​zhərē \
plural apocrisiarii\ -​a(a)rēˌī , -​rēˌē \ or apocrisiaries

Definition of apocrisiarius

: 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

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History and Etymology for apocrisiarius

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 Jan. 2021.

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