fetial

1 of 2

noun

fe·​tial
variants or fecial
ˈfēshəl
plural fetials
-lz
or fetiales
ˌfātēˈäˌlās
or fecials
: a member of a priestly board in ancient Rome responsible for overseeing diplomatic negotiations

fetial

2 of 2

adjective

variants or fecial
"
: dealing with matters (as a treaty or declaration and rules of war) affecting relations between nations
the fetial law of Rome
: diplomatic
a member of the fetial profession

Word History

Etymology

Noun

Latin fetialis, probably from (assumed) Old Latin fetis statute, treaty (akin to Gothic gadeths deed) + Latin -alis -al

Adjective

Latin fetialis of a fetial, from fetialis, noun

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“Fetial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fetial. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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