diplomatics


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dip·lo·mat·ics

 (dĭp′lə-măt′ĭks)
n. (used with a sing. verb)
The branch of paleography that deals with the study of old official documents and determines their age and authenticity.
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diplomatics

(ˌdɪpləˈmætɪks)
n (functioning as singular)
1. (Library Science & Bibliography) the critical study of historical documents
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a less common word for diplomacy
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diplomatics

the critical study of original historical documents, as registers, treaties, and charters, especially from medieval periods.
See also: Manuscripts
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Prince Andrew stayed at Brunn with Bilibin, a Russian acquaintance of his in the diplomatic service.
These advisers were always drawn from the literary class, and their duties appear to have been chiefly administrative and diplomatic. Of his life, the less said the better.
The government clerk with the sausages begins to melt, but he, too, desires to express his sentiments, and as soon as ever he begins to express them, he begins to get hot and say nasty things, and again I'm obliged to trot out all my diplomatic talents.
The Zanzibaris, a warlike people, are best known in this country through a threatening diplomatic incident that occurred a few years ago.

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