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(in ancient Rome) a subordinate official of a magistrate or of the court.
Historical Examples

An apparitor tore him down, and was dragged to the ground in his turn.
Hypatia Charles Kingsley

No wonder our wardens disclaimed all knowledge of the apparitor!
The Church of Grasmere Mary L. Armitt

One of the children stood at the door to give notice if he saw the apparitor coming, who was an officer of the spiritual court.
Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin

In this case the tribunal, with rare moderation, only ordered its apparitor to seize the books in the hands of the students.
A History of The Inquisition of Spain; vol. 2, Henry Charles Lea

After having dressed ourselves in our best, and put on our majestic caps of fox-skin, we said to our apparitor, “We are ready.”
Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China Evariste Regis Huc

Somnour, summoner; an officer employed to summon delinquents to appear in ecclesiastical courts; now called an apparitor.
Chaucer’s Works, Volume 5 (of 7) — Notes to the Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer

Mr. Garden then sent his apparitor for his commission, from the Bishop of London, to act as commissary.
The Life of the Rev. George Whitefield, Volume I (of 2) Luke Tyerman

Being recalled by the apparitor and registrar, he returned, and handed in his exception to be read and filed.
The Life of the Rev. George Whitefield, Volume I (of 2) Luke Tyerman

an officer who summons witnesses and executes the orders of an ecclesiastical and (formerly) a civil court


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