[fee-shuh l] /ˈfi ʃəl/

concerned with declarations of war and treaties of peace:
fetial law.
noun (pl) fetiales (ˌfiːʃɪˈeɪliːz)
(in ancient Rome) any of the 20 priestly heralds involved in declarations of war and in peace negotiations
of or relating to the fetiales
a less common word for heraldic

1530s, “pertaining to the Fetiales,” the Roman diplomatic corps, a college of 20 priests whose duty was to act as heralds and maintain the laws of war, from Latin fetiales “speaking, negotiating, diplomatic,” of unknown origin.


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