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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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Few things seemed to Newland Archer more awful than an offence against "Taste," that far-off divinity of whom "Form" was the mere visible representative and vicegerent. Madame Olenska's pale and serious face appealed to his fancy as suited to the occasion and to her unhappy situation; but the way her dress (which had no tucker) sloped away from her thin shoulders shocked and troubled him.
whom but thee Vicegerent Son, to thee I have transferr'd All Judgement, whether in Heav'n, or Earth; or Hell.
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For the Fatimid Imams and their vicegerents, the Fatimid Duaat, their distinct axiom of philosophical and empirical knowledge has spearheaded all their progress and helped community members equip themselves for the changing times.
After all, in Islam, human beings as God's vicegerents on earth are entrusted with the duty and responsibility for protection of the environment.
Human beings are vicegerents on the earth, and Allah has blessed every man with dignity and honor.
Verily God, in His grace and mercy and indulgence, has made those who exercise command vicegerents upon His earth, and has furnished for them a light that illuminates for the subjects those matters in their mutual relations which are obscure to them, and that makes manifest what is confused in the duties laid upon them.
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Instead, the concept of CSR in Islam comprehends a broader meaning embracing the taqwa dimension (Allah-consciousness) by which companies as groups of individuals, assume the roles and responsibilities as servants and vicegerents in all situations.