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But Gilder was unaffected by the attorney's lack of satisfaction over the result.

Away he posted directly to an attorney's who was empowered to dispose of the land.

This is the short of my will—the attorney (when found) will make it long enough.

When the attorney reached the spot where the crowd was thickest, way was made for him.

Mr. Macdermot; so you've had a breeze with the attorney, have you?

Up to this time I had been an attorney in a midland town in England.

That is to say, she had not been troubled by E. Holliday Kendrick or his attorney.

The attorney removed his eyeglasses and rubbed them with his handkerchief.

If it should be Mr. Graves, the attorney, you may show him into the library here.

And I sent 'em a power of attorney turnin' over some stocks—you know what they was—to you, too.


early 14c. (mid-13c. in Anglo-Latin), from Old French atorné "(one) appointed," past participle of aturner "to decree, assign, appoint," from atorner (see attorn). The legal Latin form attornare influenced the spelling in Anglo-French. The sense is of "one appointed to represent another's interests."

In English law, a private attorney was one appointed to act for another in business or legal affairs (usually for pay); an attorney at law or public attorney was a qualified legal agent in the courts of Common Law who prepared the cases for a barrister, who pleaded them (the equivalent of a solicitor in Chancery). So much a term of contempt in England that it was abolished by the Judicature Act of 1873 and merged with solicitor.

The double -t- is a mistaken 15c. attempt to restore a non-existent Latin original. Attorney general first recorded 1530s in sense of "legal officer of the state" (late 13c. in Anglo-French), from French, hence the odd plural (subject first, adjective second).


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.