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noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. the science of deciphering old official documents, as charters, and of determining their authenticity, age, or the like.

Origin of diplomatics

First recorded in 1785–95; see origin at diplomatic, -ics
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Examples from the Web for diplomatics

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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</p>

    Frederic William Maitland

British Dictionary definitions for diplomatics


noun (functioning as singular)
  1. the critical study of historical documents
  2. a less common word for diplomacy
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