fetial

fetial

[fee-shuhl]
adjective
concerned with declarations of war and treaties of peace: fetial law.

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

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