- (in ancient Rome) a subordinate official of a magistrate or of the court.
Origin of apparitor
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No wonder our wardens disclaimed all knowledge of the apparitor!The Church of Grasmere
Mary L. Armitt
An apparitor tore him down, and was dragged to the ground in his turn.Hypatia
In this case the tribunal, with rare moderation, only ordered its apparitor to seize the books in the hands of the students.A History of The Inquisition of Spain; vol. 2,
Henry Charles Lea
After having dressed ourselves in our best, and put on our majestic caps of fox-skin, we said to our apparitor, “We are ready.”Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China
Evariste Regis Huc
Being recalled by the apparitor and registrar, he returned, and handed in his exception to be read and filed.
- an officer who summons witnesses and executes the orders of an ecclesiastical and (formerly) a civil court
C15: from Latin: public servant, from appārēre to appear
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