Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who abbreviates, abridges, or reduces to a smaller compass; specifically, one who abridges what has been written by another.
- n. One of a number of secretaries in the chancery of the pope who abbreviate petitions according to certain established and technical rules, and draw up the minutes of the apostolic letters. They formerly numbered 72, of whom the 12 principal were styled de majori parco (literally, of the greater parquet, from the parquet in the chancery where they wrote) and 22 others de minori parco (of the lesser parquet), the remainder being of lower rank. The number is now reduced to 11, all de majori parco. They sign the apostolic bulls in the name of the cardinal vice-chancellor. The abbreviator of the curia is a prelate not belonging to the above college, but attached to the office of the apostolic datary (see
datary); he expedites bulls relating to pontifical laws and constitutions, as for the canonization of saints, and the like.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who abbreviates or shortens.
- n. One of a college of seventy-two officers of the papal court whose duty is to make a short minute of a decision on a petition, or reply of the pope to a letter, and afterwards expand the minute into official form.
- n. one who shortens or abridges or condenses a written work
“What an abbreviator and clawer off of lawsuits, reconciler of differences, examiner and fumbler of bags, peruser of bills, scribbler of rough drafts, and engrosser of deeds would he not make!”
“Latini (1230-94) merely reproduces in this respect the compilations of C. Julius Solinus, the abbreviator of Pliny.”
“Colonia; Peter of Aquila (d. about 1370), who as abbreviator of”
“Under the pontificate of his former pupil Paul II (1464-1471), he returned to Rome and was appointed a papal abbreviator, but became involved in fresh quarrels in 1465 he visited Crete and Byzantium, and then returned to Rome, where he wrote the account of the martyrdom of Bl. Andrew of Chios”
“Soltau; Dietrich remained as before a papal abbreviator.”
“Urban VI conferred on him the lucrative and important office of abbreviator et scriptor in the papal chancery”
“Julius Paris is an abbreviator of Valerius Maximus, and lived at the end of the fourth century or the beginning of the fifth.”
“Cardinal Parizzio, and Paul III appointed him judge of the Capitol, papal abbreviator, and referendary of both signatures.”
“Bulls, and by no means the emoluments accruing to the recipient of the favour or benefice conferred by the Bull, and declares that whoever shall charge more than the tax fixed by him shall be suspended for six months from office, and upon a second violation of the law, shall be deprived of it altogether, and if the delinquent be an abbreviator, he shall be excommunicated.”
“Should a large letter have to be rewritten, owing to the inexact copy of the abbreviator, the abbreviator and not the receiver of the Bull must pay the extra charge for the extra labour to the apostolic writer.”
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