emissary

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emissary

1. 
a. an agent or messenger sent on a mission, esp one who represents a government or head of state
b. (as modifier): an emissary delegation
2. (of veins) draining blood from sinuses in the dura mater to veins outside the skull
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Emissary

 

an agent or representative sent by one state to another on a specific, usually secret, mission. Modern international legal terminology pertaining to the relations between governmental bodies that deal with foreign affairs does not include the term “emissary,” since the mission of an emissary is not, as a rule, of an official nature.

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