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emissary


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Emissary  \Em"is*sa*ry\,  n.;  pl  {Emissaries}.  [L.  emissarius, 
  fr  emittere,  emissum  to  send  out:  cf  F.  ['e]missaire.  See 
  {Emit}.] 
  An  agent  employed  to  advance,  in  a  covert  manner,  the 
  interests  of  his  employers;  one  sent  out  by  any  power  that  is 
  at  war  with  another,  to  create  dissatisfaction  among  the 
  people  of  the  latter. 
 
  Buzzing  emissaries  fill  the  ears  Of  listening  crowds 
  with  jealousies  and  fears.  --Dryden. 
 
  Syn:  {Emissary},  {Spy}. 
 
  Usage:  A  spy  is  one  who  enters  an  enemy's  camp  or  territories 
  to  learn  the  condition  of  the  enemy;  an  emissary  may 
  be  a  secret  agent  appointed  not  only  to  detect  the 
  schemes  of  an  opposing  party,  but  to  influence  their 
  councils.  A  spy  must  be  concealed,  or  he  suffers 
  death;  an  emissary  may  in  some  cases  be  known  as  the 
  agent  of  an  adversary  without  incurring  similar 
  hazard. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Emissary  \Em"is*sa*ry\,  a. 
  1.  Exploring;  spying.  --B.  Jonson 
 
  2.  (Anat.)  Applied  to  the  veins  which  pass  out  of  the  cranium 
  through  apertures  in  its  walls. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  emissary 
  n  :  someone  sent  on  a  mission  to  represent  the  interests  of 
  someone  else  [syn:  {envoy}] 




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