Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who intercedes or makes intercession, especially with the stronger for the weaker; a person who pleads with one in behalf of another, or endeavors to reconcile parties at variance; a mediator.
  • noun Eccles., in the early African Church, an officer who during a vacancy of a see administered the bishopric till a successor was elected. Also called interventor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who goes between, or intercedes; a mediator.
  • noun One who interposes between parties at variance, with a view to reconcile them.
  • noun One who pleads in behalf of another.
  • noun (Eccl.) A bishop, who, during a vacancy of the see, administers the bishopric till a successor is installed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person who intercedes; a mediator

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a negotiator who acts as a link between parties

Etymologies

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Late 15th century, from Latin intercessor, from Latin intercēdō, from inter ("between") + cēdō ("I go") (English cede), literally “go-between”.

Examples

  • The icon is an 'intercessor', an active mediator, because it is a presence that draws you into a shared prayer.

    Royal Academy of Arts Byzantium Lecture 'Icons and the Practice of Prayer'

  • An "intercessor" is a person who prays on behalf of another.

    Pastor Steven Furtick

  • This pattern is repeated in time: in the cult of Christ as the "son'' he is the "intercessor" and savior juxtaposed to the avenging, punishing father.''

    Indic Ideas in the Graeco-Roman World

  • This pattern is repeated in time: in the cult of Christ as the "son'' he is the "intercessor" and savior juxtaposed to the avenging, punishing father.''

    Archive 2005-10-01

  • Where the Sumerian tale presents the deluge as the work of an intemperate overlord whose attitude to humanity is far from benevolent, whose might may not be right, and offers an ethical opposition to him in figure of a merciful intercessor, the Biblical tale ultimately sanctions the genocidal destruction of most of humanity by ascribing it to a God whose wisdom, justice and mercy are presented as unquestionable.

    Creative Control - Part 4

  • The pope is not infallible, Mary is not an intercessor, Purgatory doesn't exist, and the sacraments are bogus.

    Tom McIntyre Explains His Picks for our 2009 Hunting and Fishing Heroes and Villians Face-Off

  • Minister of the Treasury and Chief of the Customs, and acted as intercessor and mediator between the missionaries on one side and the beach-combing crowd, the trading crowd, and the Hawaiian chiefs on the variously shifting other side.

    THE KANAKA SURF

  • Instead of having a Sunday lecture, the goal of the ritual was to take the minds of the believers out of their daily routine and move their minds and spirits closer to the divine, with the priest acting as intercessor.

    The Crowd Rose As One | Heretical Ideas Magazine

  • The pope is not infallible, Mary is not an intercessor, Purgatory doesn't exist, and the sacraments are bogus.

    Tom McIntyre Explains His Picks for our 2009 Hunting and Fishing Heroes and Villians Face-Off

  • Where the Sumerian tale presents the deluge as the work of an intemperate overlord whose attitude to humanity is far from benevolent, whose might may not be right, and offers an ethical opposition to him in figure of a merciful intercessor, the Biblical tale ultimately sanctions the genocidal destruction of most of humanity by ascribing it to a God whose wisdom, justice and mercy are presented as unquestionable.

    Archive 2009-02-01

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