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February 15, 2005


(ŏm'bŭdz'mən, -bədz-, -bʊdz'-) pronunciation

1. A man who investigates complaints and mediates fair settlements, especially between aggrieved parties such as consumers or students and an institution or organization.

2. A government official, especially in Scandinavian countries, who investigates citizens' complaints against the government or its functionaries.

[Swedish, from Old Norse umbodhsmadhr, deputy, plenipotentiary : umbodh, commission (um, about + bodh, command) + madhr, man.]

Posted by alijosius at February 15, 2005 01:41 PM


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