ombudsman[ om-buh dz-muh n, -man, -boo dz-, awm-, om-boo dz-muh n, -man, awm- ]SEE DEFINITION OF ombudsman
Synonyms for ombudsman
- justice of peace
- legal official
1959, from Swedish ombudsman, literally "commission man" (specifically in reference to the office of justitieombudsmannen, which hears and investigates complaints by individuals against abuses of the state); cognate with Old Norse umboðsmaðr, from umboð "commission" (from um- "around," see ambi-, + boð "command," see bid (v.)) + maðr "man" (see man (n.)).