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[vahys-jeer-uh nt]
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  1. an officer appointed as deputy by and to a sovereign or supreme chief.
  2. a deputy in general.
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  1. exercising delegated powers.
  2. characterized by delegation of powers.
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Origin of vicegerent

1530–40; < New Latin vicegerent- (stem of vicegerēns managing instead of), equivalent to Latin vice (see vice3) + gerent- (stem of gerēns, present participle of gerere to carry on, conduct); see -ent
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Examples from the Web for vicegerent

Historical Examples

  • Gentlemen, the King is the vicegerent of God, and has no superior.

    The Shadow of a Crime

    Hall Caine

  • Mark, O assembled people, the infinite mercy of the Vicegerent of Allah!


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • He demanded of his Vicegerent what remedy he had to suggest, and Cromwell had none.

    Henry VIII.

    A. F. Pollard

  • He brought with him a vicario, or vicegerent, and a doctor of laws.

  • The bishop is regarded by the Catholics as the Vicegerent of Heaven.

British Dictionary definitions for vicegerent


  1. a person appointed to exercise all or some of the authority of another, esp the administrative powers of a ruler; deputy
  2. RC Church the Pope or any other representative of God or Christ on earth, such as a bishop
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  1. invested with or characterized by delegated authority
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Derived Formsvicegeral, adjectivevicegerency, noun

Word Origin

C16: from New Latin vicegerēns, from vice ³ + Latin gerere to manage
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Word Origin and History for vicegerent


1530s, from Medieval Latin vicegerentem (nominative vicegerens), from Latin vicem "stead, place, office," (see vicarious) + gerens, present participle of gerere "to carry" (see gest). From 1570s as an adjective.

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