Pronunciation: (shär-zhā' du-fâr', shär'zhā; Fr. shar-zhā da-fer'), [key]
—pl. char•gés d'af•fairesPronunciation: (shär-zhāz' du-fâr', shär'zhāz; Fr. shar-zhā da-fer'). [key] Govt.
1. Also called chargé' d'affaires' ad in'terim. an official placed in charge of diplomatic business during the temporary absence of the ambassador or minister.
2. an envoy to a state to which a diplomat of higher grade is not sent.
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