What is the Greek word for “messenger”?

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Posted in categories: Linguistics, Modern Greek

The question has been answered for Ancient Greek: angelos, whence angel.

The Christian use of angelos has made the word inaccessible for “messenger” in Modern Greek. The formal modern word is angelioforos, “message-bearer”. The old vernacular word is mandatoforos (where the Latin mandatum has ended up meaning “military communication”, and thence “news” in general.)

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