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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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Related Words

colleaguehelperassociateco-worker

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


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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