Ablegate

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ablegate (R. C. Ch) A representative of the pope charged with important commissions in foreign countries, one of his duties being to bring to a newly named cardinal his insignia of office.
    • v. t Ablegate To send abroad.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ablegate To send abroad.
    • n ablegate A papal envoy who carries insignia or presents of honor to newly appointed cardinals or civil dignitaries. Apostolic ablegates are of higher rank than those designated pontifical.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ablegate ab′le-gāt a papal envoy who carries the insignia of office to a newly-appointed cardinal.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ablegatus, p. p. of ablegare,; ab, + legare, to send with a commission. See Legate

Usage

In literature:

I've been ableged to get up all the ecomplishments at double quick, & to apply myself with treemenjuous energy.
"Burlesques" by William Makepeace Thackeray
There stood the bureau's "ablegate," the official interpreter by his side.
"Under Fire" by Charles King
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