syndic

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French syndic.

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syndic (plural syndics)

  1. a government official, a magistrate, especially one of the Chief Magistrates of Geneva
    • 1923: ‘To-morrow, after the midday prayer, mount an ass and make for the Habbānīyah quarter and there enquire for the house of the syndic Barakah, known as Abū Shāmah.’ — The Thousand Nights and One Night, tr. Powys Mathers
  2. (law) An agent of a corporation, or of any body of people engaged in a business enterprise; an advocate or patron; an assignee.
    In France, syndics are appointed by the creditors of a bankrupt to manage the property.
    The University of Cambridge has its syndics, who are chosen from the senate to transact special business, such as the regulation of fees, the framing of laws, etc.

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Etymology[edit]

From late Latin syndicus ‘delegate of a corporation’, from Greek συνδικος ‘defendant’s advocate’, from συν− + the base of δικη ‘judgement’, δεικνυσθαι ‘show’.

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Noun[edit]

syndic m (plural syndics)

  1. a syndic