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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ambassador  \Am*bas"sa*dor\,  Embassador  \Em*bas"sa*dor\,  n.  [See 
  {Embassador}.] 
  1.  A  minister  of  the  highest  rank  sent  to  a  foreign  court  to 
  represent  there  his  sovereign  or  country. 
 
  Note:  Ambassadors  are  either  ordinary  [or  resident]  or 
  extraordinary,  that  is  sent  upon  some  special  or 
  unusual  occasion  or  errand.  --Abbott. 
 
  2.  An  official  messenger  and  representative. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ambassador 
  n  1:  a  diplomat  of  the  highest  rank;  accredited  as  representative 
  from  one  country  to  another  [syn:  {embassador}] 
  2:  an  informal  representative;  "an  ambassador  of  good  will" 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Ambassador 
  In  the  Old  Testament  the  Hebrew  word  _tsir_,  meaning  "one  who 
  goes  on  an  errand,"  is  rendered  thus  (Josh.  9:4;  Prov.  13:17; 
  Isa.  18:2;  Jer.  49:14;  Obad.  1:1).  This  is  also  the  rendering  of 
  _melits_,  meaning  "an  interpreter,"  in  2  Chr.  32:31;  and  of 
  _malak_,  a  "messenger,"  in  2  Chr.  35:21;  Isa.  30:4;  33:7;  Ezek. 
  17:15.  This  is  the  name  used  by  the  apostle  as  designating  those 
  who  are  appointed  by  God  to  declare  his  will  (2  Cor.  5:20;  Eph. 
  6:20). 
 
  The  Hebrews  on  various  occasions  and  for  various  purposes  had 
  recourse  to  the  services  of  ambassadors,  e.g.,  to  contract 
  alliances  (Josh.  9:4),  to  solicit  favours  (Num.  20:14),  to 
  remonstrate  when  wrong  was  done  (Judg.  11:12),  to  condole  with  a 
  young  king  on  the  death  of  his  father  (2  Sam.  10:2),  and  to 
  congratulate  a  king  on  his  accession  to  the  throne  (1  Kings 
  5:1). 
 
  To  do  injury  to  an  ambassador  was  to  insult  the  king  who  sent 
  him  (2  Sam.  10:5). 
 




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