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verb (used without object), in·ter·ced·ed, in·ter·ced·ing.
  1. to act or interpose in behalf of someone in difficulty or trouble, as by pleading or petition: to intercede with the governor for a condemned man.
  2. to attempt to reconcile differences between two people or groups; mediate.
  3. Roman History. (of a tribune or other magistrate) to interpose a veto.

Origin of intercede

From the Latin word intercēdere, dating back to 1570–80. See inter-, cede
Related formsin·ter·ced·er, nounpre·in·ter·cede, verb (used without object), pre·in·ter·ced·ed, pre·in·ter·ced·ing.

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1, 2. intervene. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of interceder

  • Shakespeare, with ever a keen eye for great men, makes the earl the interceder for Prince Arthur.

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    Walter Thornbury

  • He was therefore one of the many developed forms of Tammuz--a solar, corn, and military deity, and an interceder for mankind.

British Dictionary definitions for interceder


verb (intr)
  1. (often foll by in) to come between parties or act as mediator or advocateto intercede in the strike
  2. Roman history (of a tribune or other magistrate) to interpose a veto
Derived Formsinterceder, noun

Word Origin for intercede

C16: from Latin intercēdere to intervene, from inter- + cēdere to move
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Word Origin and History for interceder



1570s, a back-formation from intercession, or else from Latin intercedere "intervene, come between, be between," from inter- "between" (see inter-) + cedere "go" (see cede). Related: Interceded; interceding.

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