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ap·par·i·tor

 (ə-păr′ĭ-tər)
n.
An official who was formerly sent to carry out the orders of a civil or ecclesiastical court.

[Middle English, from Latin appāritor, from appāritus, past participle of appārēre, to appear; see appear.]
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apparitor

(əˈpærɪtə)
n
(Law) an officer who summons witnesses and executes the orders of an ecclesiastical and (formerly) a civil court
[C15: from Latin: public servant, from appārēre to appear]
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ap•par•i•tor

(əˈpær ɪ tər)

n.
(in ancient Rome) a subordinate official of a magistrate or court.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Latin appāritor]
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Generally, he was informed of suspicious behavior by court officials like the captain and the alarii or apparitors. (52) Such vigilance is glimpsed in a case in 1757.
Haselmayer spells out the duties of the summoner's or "apparitor's" office in "The Apparitor and Chaucer's Summoner," Speculum 12 (1937): 43-57.