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Meaning of EMISSARY

Pronunciation:  'emi`seree

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[n]  someone sent on a mission to represent the interests of someone else

EMISSARY is a 8 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: envoy
 See Also: legate, official emissary, representative



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Em"is*sa*ry\, n.; pl. {Emissaries}. [L. emissarius,
    fr. emittere, emissum, to send out: cf. F. ['e]missaire. See
    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.               --Dryden.
    Syn: {Emissary}, {Spy}.
    Usage: 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 appointed not only to detect the
           schemes of an opposing party, but to influence their
           councils. A spy must be concealed, or he suffers
           death; an emissary may in some cases be known as the
           agent of an adversary without incurring similar
  2. \Em"is*sa*ry\, a.
    1. Exploring; spying. --B. Jonson.
    2. (Anat.) Applied to the veins which pass out of the cranium
       through apertures in its walls.
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