[ dip-luh-mat-iks ]
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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

Words Nearby diplomatics

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How to use diplomatics in a sentence

  • 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
  • It is necessary therefore that we should make a short digression into the region of diplomatics.

    Domesday Book and Beyond | Frederic William Maitland
  • We may mention, in passing, that the papyrus roll gave us a word still in use in diplomatics, the word protocol.

    Illuminated Manuscripts | John W. Bradley
  • Imprecations on breakers of contracts are indeed common enough in medival diplomatics.

    The Story of Chartres | Cecil Headlam
  • We have given a sufficient number of the documents in full to illustrate these features of mediæval diplomatics.

British Dictionary definitions for diplomatics


/ (ˌdɪpləˈmætɪks) /

noun(functioning as singular)
  1. the critical study of historical documents

  2. a less common word for diplomacy

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