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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.
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Origin of diplomatics

First recorded in 1785–95; see origin at diplomatic, -ics
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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

    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 the critical study of historical documents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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