One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A theological adviser or consultant to a council of the Roman Catholic Church.
- ‘They also consulted widely with non-Catholic observers and theological experts (periti), many of whom were also active in drafting council documents.’
- ‘Any professor of theology, especially if he had been a peritus or ‘expert’ at the Council, was now an authority.’
- ‘I noticed how he became more cautious in his embrace of the principles he had espoused as a peritus at Vatican II.’
- ‘The perhaps equally numerous periti (experts and consultants who included some of the world's greatest scholars) were even more disadvantaged.’
1960s: from Latin; related to expertus ‘expert’.
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