EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective 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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Examples from the Web for fetial Historical Examples of fetial British Dictionary definitions for fetial noun plural fetiales ( ˌfiːʃɪˈeɪliːz) (in ancient Rome) any of the 20 priestly heralds involved in declarations of war and in peace negotiations adjective of or relating to the fetiales Word Origin for fetial
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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