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

  • The treaty was then signed and handed over to the keeping of the fetial college.

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


British Dictionary definitions for fetial


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

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


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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