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A person appointed by a ruler or head of state to act as an administrative deputy.

[Medieval Latin vicegerēns, vicegerent- : Latin vice, ablative of *vix, change; see vice3 + Latin gerēns, governing; see gerent.]

vice·ge′ral (-jîr′əl) adj.


1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a person appointed to exercise all or some of the authority of another, esp the administrative powers of a ruler; deputy
2. (Roman Catholic Church) RC Church the Pope or any other representative of God or Christ on earth, such as a bishop
invested with or characterized by delegated authority
[C16: from New Latin vicegerēns, from vice3 + Latin gerere to manage]
ˌviceˈgeral adj
ˌviceˈgerency n


(vaɪsˈdʒɪər ənt)

an officer appointed to serve as a deputy, esp. to a sovereign or supreme chief.
[1530–40; < New Latin vicegerent-, s. of vicegerēns managing instead of = Latin vice (see vice3) + gerēns, present participle of gerere to carry on, conduct]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vicegerent - someone appointed by a ruler as an administrative deputy
surrogate, deputy - a person appointed to represent or act on behalf of others
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