- the science of deciphering old official documents, as charters, and of determining their authenticity, age, or the like.
Origin of diplomatics
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Examples from the Web for diplomatics
Diplomatics, originally the science of deciphering ancient MSS.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
You have surely given him a great enough dose of diplomatics and canon law by this time.Joan of the Sword Hand
S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
The flowers and insects will give me that relaxation, with God's will, after my long researches in philology and diplomatics.The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard
These however are conjectures which I submit with deference to the determination of those versed in diplomatics.
It is necessary therefore that we should make a short digression into the region of diplomatics.Domesday Book and Beyond
Frederic William Maitland
- the critical study of historical documents
- a less common word for diplomacy
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