diplomatics

[ dip-luh-mat-iks ]
/ ˌdɪp ləˈmæt ɪks /

noun (used with a singular verb)

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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diplomatics

/ (ˌdɪpləˈmætɪks) /

noun (functioning as singular)

the critical study of historical documents
a less common word for diplomacy
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