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fetial

[fee-shuh l]
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adjective
  1. concerned with declarations of war and treaties of peace: fetial law.

Origin of fetial

1525–35; < Latin fētiālis pertaining to a fētiālis, a member of the Roman college of priests who acted as representatives in disputes with foreign nations
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  • The treaty was then signed and handed over to the keeping of the fetial college.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 3

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British Dictionary definitions for fetial

fetial

noun plural fetiales (ˌfiːʃɪˈeɪliːz)
  1. (in ancient Rome) any of the 20 priestly heralds involved in declarations of war and in peace negotiations
adjective
  1. of or relating to the fetiales
  2. a less common word for heraldic

Word Origin

C16: from Latin fētiālis, probably from Old Latin fētis treaty
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Word Origin and History for fetial

adj.

1530s, "pertaining to the Fetiales," the Roman diplomatic corps, a college of 20 priests whose duty was to act as heralds and maintain the laws of war, from Latin fetiales "speaking, negotiating, diplomatic," of unknown origin.

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