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coadjutor

[koh-aj-uh-ter, koh-uh-joo-ter]
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noun
  1. an assistant.
  2. an assistant to a bishop or other ecclesiastic.
  3. a bishop who assists another bishop, with the right of succession.
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Origin of coadjutor

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin, equivalent to co- co- + adjūtor helper (adjū- base of adjuvāre to help (cf. adjutant) + -tor -tor)
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Examples from the Web for coadjutor

Historical Examples

  • Shall I have to scold my coadjutor, or to reason with an intellect like this?

    Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit

    Charles Dickens

  • There is no hope of any security but in making the Coadjutor a cardinal.

    The Memoirs of Cardinal de Retz, Complete

    Jean Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz

  • I told you beforehand that you would be swayed by the Coadjutor.

    The Memoirs of Cardinal de Retz, Complete

    Jean Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz

  • But as they cried at the same time "God save the Coadjutor!"

    The Memoirs of Cardinal de Retz, Complete

    Jean Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz

  • The messenger had heard the cry of "God bless the Coadjutor!"

    The Memoirs of Cardinal de Retz, Complete

    Jean Francois Paul de Gondi, Cardinal de Retz


British Dictionary definitions for coadjutor

coadjutor

noun
  1. a bishop appointed as assistant to a diocesan bishop
  2. rare an assistant
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Derived Formscoadjutress or coadjutrix, fem n

Word Origin

C15: via Old French from Latin co- together + adjūtor helper, from adjūtāre to assist, from juvāre to help
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