Vocabulary From Classical Roots 7

Iris Brammer

Fill in the Blank with the Correct Vocabulary from Lesson 7

John Jay was sent as a _________ to Paris to negotiate the Treaty of Paris in 1783.
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n. A person sent on a special mission; usually as a diplomatic representative.

An emissary is generally someone sent to represent a person or group. Such missions may be, but are not restricted to, secretive.


  • agent
  • spy
  • diplomat
  • representative
  • ambassador
  • delegate


no direct antonyms

- Anyone who is part of the general assembly and not specifically sent for any purpose may be considered the opposite of an emissary.


Latin emittere, meaning send out, became emissaries, scout or spy, and combined with English root emit to become emissary in the early 17th century.


e=ex<L. "from," "out of"

mitto, mittere, misi, missum<L. "to send"

Choose the letter where the underlined word is used incorrectly

A.) Emissaries are used in most wars in order to secretly relay messages about enemy actions.

B.) I felt like an emissary when I delivered my best friend's love letter to her secret crush.

C.) The emissary discussed with his fellow council men on the general state of the economy.

D.) Sent to negotiate diplomatic relations, the emissary drafted a Treaty with the delegates of the other nation.

The Correct Answer is C because emissaries are sent on special missions, not general assemblies.