• WordNet 3.6
    • n emissary someone sent on a mission to represent the interests of someone else
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Emissary An agent employed to advance, in a covert manner, the interests of his employers; one sent out by any power that is at war with another, to create dissatisfaction among the people of the latter. "Buzzing emissaries fill the ears
      Of listening crowds with jealousies and fears."
    • Emissary (Anat) Applied to the veins which pass out of the cranium through apertures in its walls.
    • Emissary Exploring; spying.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • emissary Emitting; sending out; furnishing an outlet.
    • emissary Of or pertaining to one sent on a mission; exploring; spying.
    • n emissary A person sent on a mission, particularly a private mission or business; an agent employed for the promotion of a cause or of his employer's interests: now commonly used in a bad or contemptuous sense, and usually implying some degree of secrecy or chicanery.
    • n emissary An outlet for water; a channel by which water is drawn from a lake: as the emissary of the Alban lake.
    • n emissary In anatomy, that which emits or sends out; a vessel through which excretion takes place; an excretory or emunctory: chiefly used in the plural. Also emissarium. Synonyms Spy, Emissary. A spy is one who enters an enemy's camp or territories to learn the condition of the enemy; an emissary may be a secret agent employed not only to detect the schemes of an opposing party, but to influence their councils. A spy in war must conceal his true character, or he may suffer death if detected; an emissary may in some cases be known as the agent of an adversary without incurring similar hazard.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Emissary one sent out on a secret mission: a spy: an underground channel by which the water of a lake escapes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. emissarius, fr. emittere, emissum, to send out: cf. F. émissaire,. See Emit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. emittĕre, emissume, out of, mittĕre, to send.


In literature:

Emissary = emisario, reprezentanto.
"English-Esperanto Dictionary" by John Charles O'Connor and Charles Frederic Hayes
The story told by Licquet's emissaries was as short as it was delusive.
"The House of the Combrays" by G. le Notre
At none of these places, could any traces be discovered of an emissary of Lotzen.
"The Colonel of the Red Huzzars" by John Reed Scott
The Emissaries of Rome are laboring with sleepless vigilance to win Syria to the Papacy.
"The Women of the Arabs" by Henry Harris Jessup
With great tact and cunning he sent emissaries to Hussein, demanding to know the terms which they required.
"Herzegovina" by George Arbuthnot
They sent out five emissaries, therefore, to look out for a new home.
"History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 6 (of 12)" by G. Maspero
He was in search of agents whom he could employ as emissaries into the enemy's lines.
"The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood" by Arthur Griffiths
The parties were, in reality, those of Mohammed and the emissaries of Medina, who at once opened negotiations.
"The Days of Mohammed" by Anna May Wilson
It was that of Eustacia's emissary.
"The Return of the Native" by Thomas Hardy
The Turks came into Europe as the religious emissaries of the Mohammedan religion.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, Nov 1877-Nov 1878" by Various

In poetry:

Or was it Spring herself, that, gone astray,
Beyond the alien frontier chose to tarry?
Or but some bold outrider of the May,
Some April-emissary?
"A Golden Hour" by William Watson
Should somebody one day knock at your door
Announcing he's an emissary of mine,
Never believe him, nor that it is I;
For to knock does not go with my vainglory,
Even at the unreal door of the sky.
"Should Somebody One Day" by Fernando Pessoa
The Jewish king now walks at large and sound,
Yet of our emissary Malzah hear we nothing:
Go now, sweet spirit, and, if need be, seek
This world all lover for him:--find him out,
Be he within the bounds of earth and hell.
"Haunts Of A Demon (extract from Saul)" by Charles Heavysege
Love saw the emissary eglantine
Break wave round thy white feet above the gloom;
Lay finger on thy star; thy raiment line
With cherub wing and limb; wed thy soft bloom,
Gold-quivering like sunrays in thistle-down,
Earth under rolling brown.
"Hymn To Colour" by George Meredith

In news:

A Hero, Removed: A E. Hotchner on Hemingway's Role as "Emissary of Other Men's Dreams".
As an emissary of the Chabad -Lubavitch movement, he works nearly nonstop.
A Hero, Removed: A E. Hotchner on Hemingway's Role as " Emissary of Other Men's Dreams".
Our Emissary on Mars, Budget Woes on Earth.
A Tribute to My Emissary .
Martin Luther King, Jr worked together through telephone calls and emissaries on a shared goal: Equal rights for Black Americans.
He is widely recognized as an influential teacher, emissary, speaker, and humanitarian.
O'Neal declined through an emissary to comment for this story.
One of modern dance's most eclectic emissaries, Lar Lubovitch has created dances in a variety of arenas, earning both kudos and criticism for his work.
Since the days of Marco Polo, the Pamir Mountains in Tajikistan have existed at the intersection of trails trodden by nomads, peddlers, pilgrims and, at times, the soldiers and emissaries of great powers.
But he has also acquired influence after hours with New York's glitterati, a set that sees him as an informal political emissary.
Chabad emissaries usually associate Washington with their emphasis on education, but this year they got a taste of foreign policy suasion while handing out some, too.
Embattled Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi is "prepared to leave", emissaries have told France.
Hotchner on Hemingway 's Role as "Emissary of Other Men's Dreams".
' Kite Runner' author Khaled Hosseini says there are misconceptions on both sides of the relationship between Afghanistan and the West and that he is embracing his role as cultural emissary.

In science:

One of the many puissant emissaries of this largest and oldest camp was Gell-Mann.
The Plight of `I Am'