Attorney vs Prosecutor what difference

what is difference between Attorney and Prosecutor

English

Etymology

From Middle English attourne, from Old French atorné, masculine singular past participle of atorner, atourner, aturner (“to attorn”, in the sense of “one appointed or constituted”).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /əˈtɜː(ɹ)ni/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)ni

Noun

attorney (plural attorneys)

  1. (US) A lawyer; one who advises or represents others in legal matters as a profession.
  2. (Britain, dated, 19th century and earlier) One such who practised in the courts of the common law (cf solicitor, proctor).
  3. (Britain, 20th century and later, rare, usually derogatory) A solicitor.
  4. (obsolete outside set phrases) An agent or representative authorized to act on someone else’s behalf.
  5. (Philippines) A title given to lawyers and notaries public, or those holders by profession who also do other jobs. Usually capitalized or abbreviated as Atty.

Usage notes

  • In the “agent” sense, the word is now used to refer to nonlawyers usually only in fixed phrases such as attorney-in-fact or power of attorney.

Synonyms

  • mouthpiece (slang)
  • advocate

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

attorney (third-person singular simple present attorneys, present participle attorneying, simple past and past participle attorneyed)

  1. (rare) To work as a legal attorney.
  2. (rare) To provide with a legal attorney.

References


French

Noun

attorney m (plural attorneys)

  1. attorney


English

Etymology

1590s, from Medieval Latin prosecutor, from prōsequor (English prosecute).

Surface analysis is prosecute +‎ -or.

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈpɹɑsəˌkjuːtəɹ/

Noun

prosecutor (plural prosecutors)

  1. (law) a prosecuting attorney.
    Annie Jay was the Wisconsin government prosecutor in the trial of a man for forging his client’s signature.
  2. (law) a person, as a complainant, victim, or chief witness, who institutes prosecution in a criminal proceeding.
    The prosecutor got the witness to admit he was lying.

Derived terms

  • prosecutorial

Related terms

  • prosecute
  • prosecution

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