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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
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syndicship, noun Unabridged
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  • Finally, the syndic of Salerno was asked if he had seen anything of the Garibaldian expeditions by sea?

    The Liberation of Italy Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
  • The Caliph approved the scheme, and the syndic was immediately sent for.

  • Go on, as usual, as if nothing had occurred—talk with your friend Engelback—perform your duties as syndic.

    Snarley-yow Frederick Marryat
  • The syndic did, indeed, stare, but he never ventured a word in reply.

  • He had begged his friends, the friars, to obtain an interview with the syndic of Sand Beda, and interrogate him on the subject.

    The Waters of Edera Louise de la Rame, a.k.a. Ouida
  • In the evening I went to see the syndic and his young friends.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • And they stripped the syndic of his gown, and Antonio put on the gown.

  • His grandfather (I think) was a dignitary of a kind, the syndic of the Pilots.

    Some Reminiscences Joseph Conrad
  • The young man bowed and waited, standing where he was, until the bustle attending the syndic's departure had quite died away.

    The Long Night Stanley Weyman
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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