apparitor

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin public servant, from appareo (I wait upon).

Noun[edit]

apparitor (plural apparitors)

  1. Formerly, an officer who attended magistrates and judges to execute their orders.
    • De Quincey
      Before any of his apparitors could execute the sentence, he was himself summoned away by a sterner apparitor to the other world.
  2. A messenger or officer who serves the process of an ecclesiastical court.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bouvier to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From appāreō (wait upon).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

appāritor m (genitive appāritōris); third declension

  1. a gatekeeper
  2. a public servant
  3. a servant, secretary, lictor, deputy

Inflection[edit]

Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative appāritor appāritōrēs
genitive appāritōris appāritōrum
dative appāritōrī appāritōribus
accusative appāritōrem appāritōrēs
ablative appāritōre appāritōribus
vocative appāritor appāritōrēs

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