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fetial

[fee-shuh l] /ˈfi ʃəl/
adjective
1.
concerned with declarations of war and treaties of peace:
fetial law.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin fētiālis pertaining to a fētiālis, a member of the Roman college of priests who acted as representatives in disputes with foreign nations
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fetial

/ˈfiːʃəl/
noun (pl) fetiales (ˌfiːʃɪˈeɪliːz)
1.
(in ancient Rome) any of the 20 priestly heralds involved in declarations of war and in peace negotiations
adjective
2.
of or relating to the fetiales
3.
a less common word for heraldic
Word Origin
C16: from Latin fētiālis, probably from Old Latin fētis treaty
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Word Origin and History for fetial
adj.

1530s, "pertaining to the Fetiales," the Roman diplomatic corps, a college of 20 priests whose duty was to act as heralds and maintain the laws of war, from Latin fetiales "speaking, negotiating, diplomatic," of unknown origin.

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