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[sin-dik] /ˈsɪn dɪk/
a person chosen to represent and transact business for a corporation, as a university.
a civil magistrate having different powers in different countries.
Origin of syndic
1595-1605; < French < Late Latin syndicus city official < Greek sýndikos counsel for defendant, equivalent to syn- syn- + dik- (stem of dikḗ) justice + -os noun suffix
Related forms
syndicship, noun Unabridged
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  • The syndic did, indeed, stare, but he never ventured a word in reply.

  • In the evening I went to see the syndic and his young friends.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • His grandfather (I think) was a dignitary of a kind, the syndic of the Pilots.

    Some Reminiscences Joseph Conrad
  • The syndic concluded, then, that the operation was physically impossible.

  • The Caliph approved the scheme, and the syndic was immediately sent for.

  • “But there must be some occasion for all this,” observed the syndic.

    Snarley-yow Frederick Marryat
  • That is certain,” replied the syndic; “some one must have maligned me to his majesty.

    Snarley-yow Frederick Marryat
  • You will continue your office of syndic of the town of Amsterdam.

    Snarley-yow Frederick Marryat
  • He had managed to speak to the syndic, and told him who was waiting for him.

British Dictionary definitions for syndic


(Brit) a business agent of some universities or other bodies
(in several countries) a government administrator or magistrate with varying powers
Derived Forms
syndicship, noun
syndical, adjective
Word Origin
C17: via Old French from Late Latin syndicus, from Greek sundikos defendant's advocate, from syn- + dikē justice
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Word Origin and History for syndic

c.1600, "civil magistrate, especially in Geneva," from French syndic "chief representative" (14c.), from Late Latin syndicus "representative of a group or town," from Greek syndikos "public advocate," from syn- "together" (see syn-) + dike "judgment, justice, usage, custom" (cognate with Latin dicere "to show, tell;" see diction). Meaning "representative of a university or other corporation" first found c.1600.

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