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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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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



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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Geelani had caused a flutter in political circles by claiming on Friday that Modi had sent emissaries to him seeking help in the resolution of the Kashmir issue.
Yesterday, Geelani had said that Narendra Modi had sent two emissaries to approach him for a meeting on March 22 while he was in Delhi to talk about the Kashmir issue.
We receive emissaries who are saying, 'Gaddafi is prepared to leave.
Earlier, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe had said emissaries from Gaddafi's government were in contact with several NATO members, though he said there were no fully-fledged negotiations yet.
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THE Dutch government yesterday officially returned to his family the severed head of a Ghanaian chief hanged and decapitated 171 years ago to avenge the murder of two Dutch emissaries.
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Summary: A delegation of the emissaries of king Mohammed VI , composed of Foreign minister, TaE[macron]b Fassi Fihri, and head of the Moroccan intelligence (DGED), Mohamed Yassine Mansouri, paid visit to Yaounde on the fringes of the summit of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC), held on June 23-25.
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The monotheistic Persians viewed the polytheist Greeks as worshippers of daivas, false gods and demons who worked to "enfeeble the world of men," and as such were adherents of evil, what the Zoroastrian religion called "the Lie." So Xerxes would lead the greatest army ever fielded by the largest empire the world had ever seen to Greece, there to punish Athens and Sparta for their insolence in murdering the empire's emissaries and to destroy the temples and shrines of "the Lie." With grim determination, Xerxes turned the vast bureaucracy of the Persian Empire to the task of war.