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Examples of emissary in a Sentence
She acted as the president's personal emissary to the union leaders.
most of the industrialized nations of the world sent emissaries to the conference on global warming
Recent Examples of emissary from the Web
Just a week shy of 40 years ago, humanity’s emissary to the stars left this planet for a journey through the solar system.
America’s first emissary to France—have benefited from mixing the roles of envoy and entertainer.
The emissaries who met with Don Jr., promising damaging information on Hillary Clinton, came through the family’s business relationship with property developer Aras Agalarov, who had been trying to build a Trump tower in Moscow.
A group of aides to Ronald Reagan did meet in the fall of 1980 with an individual claiming to be an emissary from the Iranian government, but that person’s legitimacy was never determined.
The countries have meanwhile sent emissaries abroad to brief foreign leaders and speak to journalists.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joe Saladino says if residents have to pay for access to the sand and sun, then so do the emissaries from Moscow.
Oyster Bay officials say if residents have to pay for access to the sand and sun, then so do the emissaries from Moscow.
The White House sent no official emissaries to one of the GOP's A-list donor summits.
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Did You Know?
Like missionaries, emissaries are sent on missions. However, emissaries are more likely to be representing governments, political leaders, and nonreligious institutions, and an emissary's mission is usually to negotiate or to gather information. So a president may send a trusted emissary to a war-torn region to discuss peace terms. A company's CEO may send an emissary to check out another company that they may be thinking of buying. And a politician may send out an emissary to persuade a wealthy individual to become a supporter.
Origin and Etymology of emissary
First Known Use: 1607See Words from the same year
Synonymsagent, delegate, ambassador, envoy, legate, minister, representative
Related Wordsambassadress; attaché, chargé d'affaires, consul, deputy, diplomat, foreign minister, nuncio, procurator, proxy; apostle, evangelist, missionary; deputation, detachment, legation; courier, messenger; mouthpiece, spokesperson
EMISSARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of emissary for English Language Learners
: a person who is sent on a mission to represent another person or organization
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