APOCRISARIUS - Black's Law Dictionary

What is APOCRISARIUS? Definition of APOCRISARIUS in Black's Law Dictionary

In civil law. A messenger; an ambassador.

In ecclesiastical law. One who answers for another. An officer whose duty was to carry to the emperor messages relating to ecclesiastical matters, and to take back his answer to the petitioners. An officer who gave advice on questions of ecclesiastical law. An ambassador or legate of a pope or bishop. Spelman.

A messenger sent to transact ecclesiastical business and report to his superior ; an officer who had charge of the treasury of a monastic edifice ; an officer who took charge of opening and closing the doors. Du Cange ; Spelman ; Calvinus, Lex.


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