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  1. a person chosen to represent and transact business for a corporation, as a university.
  2. a civil magistrate having different powers in different countries.
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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 formssyn·dic·ship, noun
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  1. British a business agent of some universities or other bodies
  2. (in several countries) a government administrator or magistrate with varying powers
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Derived Formssyndicship, nounsyndical, 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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