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see diplomatic servicediplomatic service,
organized body of agents maintained by governments to communicate with one another. Origins

Until the 15th cent. any formal communication or negotiation among nations was conducted either by means of ambassadors specially appointed for a
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1. short for ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary; a diplomatic minister of the highest rank, accredited as permanent representative to another country or sovereign
2. ambassador extraordinary a diplomatic minister of the highest rank sent on a special mission
3. ambassador plenipotentiary a diplomatic minister of the first rank with treaty-signing powers
4. ambassador-at-large US an ambassador with special duties who may be sent to more than one government
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So ask; and if they tell The secret terrible, Good friend I pray thee send Some high gold embassage To teach my unripe age.
(4.) In Much A do, Benedick begs to be sent on "any embassage to the Pigmies" (2.1.269) to escape from Beatrice, and in Lear the king uses "a pigmy's straw" as a metaphor for ineffectual justice (4.6.167).
Nonetheless, as I shall argue in this essay, as early as Marlowe's Tamburlaine, learned literature was aware of a distinct Persian Islamic identity, and with the publication of John Day, William Rowley, and George Wilkins's The Travels of the Three English Brothers, which dramatizes the sensational visit and embassage of the Sherley brothers to the court of Abbas I, the most prominent and internationally active of the Safavid Shahs, this distinct identity entered the public sphere and occupied the popular imagination of Londoners with unprecedented intensity.