apparitor


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apparitor

an officer who summons witnesses and executes the orders of an ecclesiastical and (formerly) a civil court. There remains such an official in the Anglican Church.
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Haselmayer, "The Apparitor and Chaucer's Summoner" Speculum 12 (1937): 43-57.
Mankind, neglectful of its "History," awaits the call of "doom's apparitor" (45, l.
Haselmayer spells out the duties of the summoner's or "apparitor's" office in "The Apparitor and Chaucer's Summoner," Speculum 12 (1937): 43-57.