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Mediatour, n. Also: medyat-, medieat-, medeatand -oure, -owre, -ur(e, -or(e, -eur. [ME. (a 1300) and e.m.E. mediato(u)r, -ure, e.m.E. medeator, F. médiateur, late L. mediātor.] A mediator or intermediary. a. One who mediates between parties to settle a dispute. b. Applied to Christ or a saint as intercessor with God for man. c. A go-between; an ambassador, messenger or agent.a. 1549 Compl. 5/15.
That maist sapient prince … hes been mediatour betuix diuers forane princis, to treit pace
a1578 Pitsc. II. 13/27.
His freindis … causit him to send mediatouris betuix to mak guid wayes betuix him and the cardinall
b. a1400 Leg. S. i. 673.
And thu, dere brothir [sc. St. Paul] … Prechour of God and mediatour
Ib. xxxvi. 629.
Sancte Johnne … Medyature als wes he Betwene ws and the Trinite
a1500 Henr. Fab. 1139 (Bann.).
1490 Irland Mir. I. 119/21.
For he mon be werray mediatore and pece makare betuix God and man
1533 Gau 50/19.
1551 Hamilton Cat. 3. 1560 Conf. Faith in 14.. Acts II. 529/1.
Our Lord Jesus Chryst … aduocate and onlie mediatour for ws
1561 Q. Kennedy Compendious Ressonyng (ed.) 168/9. 1562-3 Winȝet I. 13/33. 1567 G. Ball. 69.
Our brother and our mediator, Our aduocat and juge
Ib. 77. a1568 Bann. MS. 2 b/97.
a1578 Pitsc. I. 309/25. Ib. II. 78/10.
1580–1 Second Conf. Faith in Facs. Nat. MSS. III. lxx.
That Romane antichrist … with his … multitude of aduocattis or mediatoreis
1602 Three Reformers 161.c. a1400 Leg. S. iii. 1063.
Thane he that mediatoure had bene And hard this answere … Recordyt it to the bischope
c1420 Wynt. v. 3775.
Rwffyne than, hys medyatowre, Agayne past to the Empryowre
Ib. 4708.
Apon this hys procurature A Jowe he made, and medyature
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 400.
Our souerane Arthour … Has maid ws thre as mediatour His message to schaw
1533 Boece x. viii. 365 b.
Quhill be mediatouris the appoyntment was in dressing betuix him and the Vicomagis
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v.
Broccarii, … signifies blockers, brockers, mediatoures or intercessors in onie transaction, paction, or contract

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