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From Old French coadjuteur, from Latin coadiūtor, from co- + adiūtor (helper).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /kəʊəˈdʒuːtə/, /kəʊˈadʒʊtə/


coadjutor (plural coadjutors)

  1. An assistant or helper.
    • 1842, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Lady Anne Granard, volume 2, page 174:
      Then have the lady patronesses and their active coadjutors, whether noble or ignoble, all the work of beating up for recruits to go over again.
    • 1891, Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country, Nebraska 2005, pp. 206-7:
      The mountaineer, with all his pulses aquiver, looked down into his coadjutor’s white, startled face.
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 12, [1]
      Hitherto I have been but the witness, little more; and I should hardly think now to take another tone, that of your coadjutor, for the time, did I not perceive in you,—at the crisis too—a troubled hesitancy, proceeding, I doubt not, from the clash of military duty with moral scruple—scruple vitalized by compassion.
  2. (ecclesiastical) An assistant to a bishop.
    • 1842 John Henry Newman - The Ecclesiastical History of M. L'abbé Fleury:
      When old age rendered any Bishop unable to perform his duties, the first example of which occurs AD 211, when Alexander became coadjutor to Narcissus at Jerusalem
    • 2005 James Martin Estes - Peace, Order and the Glory of God:
      August then appointed Prince George III of Anhalt (who was both a theologian and a priest as well as a prince) to be his coadjutor in spiritual matters.




coadjutor m (plural coadjutores)

  1. coadjutor

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