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mediator

[mee-dee-ey-ter] /ˈmi diˌeɪ tər/
noun
1.
a person who mediates, especially between parties at variance.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; < Late Latin (see mediate, -tor); replacing Middle English mediatour < Anglo-French < Late Latin, as above
Related forms
mediatorship, noun
undermediator, noun
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Examples from the web for mediator
  • The mediator could help them resolve their dispute, or help them break up the business.
  • Negotiators for both sides will meet with a state mediator this afternoon.
  • Twitter is a communication utility, not a mediator of content.
  • The job of flight attendant is said to require the skills of a teacher, pastor, counselor and mediator.
  • Probably there should be a mediator there who has a little bit of skill.
  • It's a mediator of all the voices that impinge on it.
  • When a dispute exists between two sides, say in a court of law or in a territorial land claim, there is often a mediator.
  • Without third parties to act as a mediator between government transparency and the people, the new openness is only translucent.
  • The role of a professional mediator or peer mediator is to facilitate conflict resolution through the use of verbal communication.
  • It would only be fair since language is indeed the mediator of their entire education.
Word Origin and History for mediator
n.

mid-14c., from Late Latin mediatorem (nominative mediator) "one who mediates," agent noun from past participle stem of mediari "to intervene, mediate," also "to be or divide in the middle," from Latin medius "in the middle" (see medial (adj.)). Originally applied to Christ, who in Christian theology "mediates" between God and man. Meaning "one who intervenes between two disputing parties" is first attested late 14c. Feminine form mediatrix (originally of the Virgin Mary) from c.1400. Related: Mediatorial; mediatory.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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mediator in the Bible

one who intervenes between two persons who are at variance, with a view to reconcile them. This word is not found in the Old Testament; but the idea it expresses is found in Job 9:33, in the word "daysman" (q.v.), marg., "umpire." This word is used in the New Testament to denote simply an internuncius, an ambassador, one who acts as a medium of communication between two contracting parties. In this sense Moses is called a mediator in Gal. 3:19. Christ is the one and only mediator between God and man (1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 8:6; 9:15; 12:24). He makes reconciliation between God and man by his all-perfect atoning sacrifice. Such a mediator must be at once divine and human, divine, that his obedience and his sufferings might possess infinite worth, and that he might possess infinite wisdom and knowlege and power to direct all things in the kingdoms of providence and grace which are committed to his hands (Matt. 28:18; John 5:22, 25, 26, 27); and human, that in his work he might represent man, and be capable of rendering obedience to the law and satisfying the claims of justice (Heb. 2:17, 18; 4:15, 16), and that in his glorified humanity he might be the head of a glorified Church (Rom. 8:29). This office involves the three functions of prophet, priest, and king, all of which are discharged by Christ both in his estate of humiliation and exaltation. These functions are so inherent in the one office that the quality appertaining to each gives character to every mediatorial act. They are never separated in the exercise of the office of mediator.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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