One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A group of people appointed to undertake a mission or take part in a formal process on behalf of a larger group.‘he had been a member of a deputation to Napoleon III’
delegation, delegacy, legation, commission, committee, mission, diplomatic missionView synonyms
- ‘‘He led many successful deputations to Ministers for Health and played a major role in the development of our General Hospital,’ he added.’
- ‘But it still left many advocacy groups annoyed at the limited time they had for deputations - or formal presentations to councillors - and concerned that their opinions had little effect on the final outcome.’
- ‘Each of the nine deputations the committee heard criticised the council for springing the cuts on the groups by letter 17 days ago.’
- ‘She proposed that a deputation from the council should meet with the Minister for Education to stress the importance of the need for new schools in the town.’
- ‘If people wanted something done, they went in a deputation to the minister, escorted by their local member.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘appointment to an office or function’): from late Latin deputatio(n-), from the verb deputare (see depute).
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