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  • n. an officer in the Roman Catholic Church who dispensed benefices

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An officer in the pope's court, having charge of the Dataria.
  • n. The office or employment of a datary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An officer of the chancery at Rome, who directly represents the pope in all matters relating to grants, dispensations, etc.
  • n. The office or duty of dating and despatching papal documents; specifically, a branch of the Curia at Rome, established about the end of the thirteenth century by Pope Boniface VIII., for the purpose of dating, registering, and despatching all bulls and documents issued by the pope, examining and reporting upon petitions, etc., and granting favors and dispensations under certain conditions and limitations. See datary.

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