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datary

[dey-tuh-ree] /ˈdeɪ tə ri/
noun, plural dataries. Roman Catholic Church
1.
the office of the Curia Romana that investigates candidates for papal benefices.
2.
the cardinal who heads this office.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Medieval Latin *datāria the office (where documents were dated); datārius the officer (who gave the dates), equivalent to Late Latin dat(a) date1 + Latin -āria, -ārius -ary
Related forms
subdatary, noun, plural subdataries.
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datary

/ˈdeɪtərɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
(RC Church) the head of the dataria (deɪˈtɛərɪə), the papal office that assesses candidates for benefices reserved to the Holy See
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin datārius official who dated papal letters, from Late Latin datadate1
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