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a. An Anglican parish priest in a parish where historically someone other than the priest was entitled to the tithes.
b. A cleric in charge of a chapel in the Episcopal Church of the United States.
2. An Anglican or Roman Catholic cleric who acts for or represents another, often higher-ranking member of the clergy.

[Middle English, from Old French vicaire, from Latin vicārius, vicarious, a substitute, from vicis, genitive of *vix, change; see weik- in Indo-European roots.]

vic′ar·ship′ n.
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Noun1.vicarship - the religious institution under the authority of a vicarvicarship - the religious institution under the authority of a vicar
institution, establishment - an organization founded and united for a specific purpose
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by the authority of Almighty God conferred upon us in blessed Peter and of the vicarship of Jesus Christ ...
On the 27th of April 1883, through the apostolic letter Praecipuum munus, Pope Leon the 13th separated the Apostolic Vicarship of Vallachia of the Nicopolis ad Istrum Bishopry, and the Monseigneur Ignazio Paoli was appointed residential bishop.
Padoan ("Il vicariato cesareo" 164-65, and "La composizione della Monarchia" 7-27), Ricci ("La Monarchia" 70) and Imbach (in "Einleitung" to his edition of the Monarchia 24) also ascribe the genesis of the Monarchia to Pope John XXII's attempt to deprive Can Grande of his Imperial Vicarship. See Ferrante's useful chapter, "Political Theory and Controversy" 3-43.