legate-ship

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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