Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The branch of paleography that deals with the study of old official documents and determines their age and authenticity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The science of authenticating, dating, and interpreting old official documents.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The science of diplomas, or the art of deciphering ancient writings, and determining their age, authenticity, etc.; paleography.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The science of diplomas, or of ancient writings, literary and public documents, letters, decrees, charters, codicils, etc., which has for its object to decipher such instruments, or to ascertain their authenticity, their date, signatures, etc.

Etymologies

Probably from Italian or Ecclesiastical Latin diplomatica (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The word diplomatics, following a Continental usage which long ago found recognition in Mabillon's "De Re Diplomatic├ó", has of late come to denote also in English the science of ancient official documents, more especially of those emanating from the chanceries of popes, kings, emperors, and other authorities possessing a recognized jurisdiction.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Diocese-Fathers of Mercy

  • Will this type of diplomatics even be possible anymore?

    Medieval manuscripts and born-digital

  • They want to pursue diplomatics, and be part of the negotiations, and at the same time, resource the resistance, resource the Shia militias that provide resistance to the coalition.

    CNN Transcript Dec 7, 2006

  • They want to pursue diplomatics and be part of the negotiations, and at the same time, resource the resistance, resource the Shia militias that provide resistance to the -- to the coalition.

    CNN Transcript Dec 7, 2006

  • But, first, we want to turn our attention to the diplomatics -- the diplomatic efforts going under way.

    CNN Transcript Jul 25, 2006

  • So I think diplomatics and businesspeople worldwide from the U.S. who are traveling have got to raise their level of individual protective measures.

    CNN Transcript Dec 15, 2002

  • It can almost be regarded as the beginning of study of diplomatics.

    HISTORIOGRAPHY

  • As Mabillon had created the science of diplomatics, so Montfaucon was the father of Greek palaeography, the principles of which he established by the rigour of his method in grouping his personal observations.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • For the extensive literature on papal letters see works on papal diplomatics; GRISAR in Kirchenlex., s.v. Bullen und Breven (to 1884);

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

  • This is the volume, "De re diplomatica" (1681), a treatise so masterly that it remains to-day the foundation of the science of diplomatics.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy

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