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apparitor

[uh-par-i-ter] /əˈpær ɪ tər/
noun
1.
(in ancient Rome) a subordinate official of a magistrate or of the court.
Origin of apparitor
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English apparitour < Latin appāritor, equivalent to appāri- (variant stem of appārēre to serve, attend, literally, to be seen; see appear) + -tor -tor
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apparitor

/əˈpærɪtə/
noun
1.
an officer who summons witnesses and executes the orders of an ecclesiastical and (formerly) a civil court
Word Origin
C15: from Latin: public servant, from appārēre to appear
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