legate

[leg-it]
noun
1.
an ecclesiastic delegated by the pope as his representative.
2.
Roman History.
a.
an assistant to a general or to a consul or magistrate, in the government of any army or a province; a commander of a legion.
b.
a provincial governor of senatorial rank appointed by the emperor.
3.
an envoy or emissary.

Origin:
1125–75; Middle English legat < Latin lēgātus deputy (noun use of masculine past participle of lēgāre to depute), equivalent to lēgā(re) + -tus past participle suffix

legateship, noun
underlegate, noun
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legate (ˈlɛɡɪt)
 
n
1.  a messenger, envoy, or delegate
2.  RC Church an emissary to a foreign state representing the Pope
 
[Old English, via Old French from Latin lēgātus deputy, from lēgāre to delegate; related to lēx law]
 
'legateship
 
n
 
legatine
 
adj

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legate
mid-12c., "authorized representative of the Pope," from L. legatus, originally "provided with a commission," pp. of legare "send as a deputy, send with a commission, bequeath," from lex (gen. legis) "contract, law." General sense of "ambassador, delegate, messenger" is from late 14c.
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legate

official who acted as a deputy general to governors of provinces conquered by ancient Rome in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC, during the period of the republic. In the latter part of the 1st century BC, Julius Caesar initiated the practice of appointing legates to command legions in the army. This practice became customary under the emperor Augustus (27 BC-AD 14). Under the early empire, in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD, a province containing one or more legions was governed by a military commander with the title legatus Augusti pro praetore (propraetorian legate of the emperor).

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For example a legate is similar to an admiral, but with considerably more political sway.
Morone, the other papal legate, arrives and the council begins.
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