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From Latin vicegerens.


  • IPA(key): /vaɪsˈdʒɪəɹənt/


vicegerent (plural vicegerents)

  1. The official administrative deputy of a ruler or head of state.
    • 1644, Samuel Rutherford, Lex Rex, or The Law and the Prince, 1846, The Presbyterian's Armoury, Volume 3, page 211,
      But why are not the kings, even Nero, Julian, Nebuchadnezzar, and Belshazzar, vicegerents of Christ, as mediator, as priest, as redeemer, as prophet, as advocate, presenting our prayers to God his father?
    • 1944, Raphael Lemkin, Axis Rule in Occupied Europe, 2005 (with new introduction), The Lawbook Exchange, page 100,
      The Vicegerent was appointed by royal Italian decree of April 22, 1939. He represents in Albania the absent King and exercises in his name the rights of sovereignty.
    • 1994, Syed Nawab Haider Naqvi, Islam, Economics, and Society, 2013, Taylor & Francis Group (Routledge), page 25,
      By virtue of his freedom, man can either realize his theomorphic virtuality of being God's vicegerent on earth or deny himself this exalted niche by making the wrong choice.

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Not to be confused with viceregent.

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vicegerent (not comparable)

  1. Having or exercising delegated power; acting by substitution, or in the place of another.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)