from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to a vicar.
  • adj. Acting as or having the position of a vicar.
  • adj. Serving in the place of someone or something else.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a vicar
  • adj. Delegated; vicarious

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a vicar.
  • adj. Delegated; vicarious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Vicarious; delegated; substituted.
  • Pertaining to a vicar.
  • Holding the office of, or acting as, a vicar.

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

  • adj. of or relating to or characteristic of a vicar


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  • While bishops do enjoy an autonomous and not merely vicarial authority coming directly from the Apostles, it can only be excercised together with the primatial papal authority from St. Peter.

    Banning even the DISCUSSION of the Motu Proprio?

  • But our Government is altogether conducted on the footing of vicarial responsibility.

    Framley Parsonage

  • It has occurred to me when, weary and vexed, I have myself gone to bed like a heathen, that another had asked forgiveness for my day, and safety for my night I don't suppose such vicarial piety will avail much, but the petitions come out of a sincere breast from innocent lips.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • ‘There is unfortunately a stain, which is vicarial,’ began Mr Crawley, sustaining up to that point his voice with Roman fortitude — with a fortitude which would have been Roman had it not at that moment broken down under the pressure of human feeling.

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

  • Crosse, known as the ‘blind vicar,’ had been inattentive to the vicarial claims.

    The Life of Charlotte Bronte

  • This region of central North America was now a vicarial preserve.


  • Maybe she, being smart as kithfolk usually were, could get a well-paid position in a guild or in the vicarial bureaucracy.


  • The note had been taken up to the vicarage by the footman, and had been brought into the dining-room by the vicarial parlour-maid, just as the three ladies were finishing breakfast, and after the vicar himself had left the room.

    Vera Nevill Or, Poor Wisdom's Chance

  • Bishop Verot was translated to the See of Savannah, retaining meanwhile vicarial powers over Florida.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 15: Tournely-Zwirner

  • See (Pope Gelasius, I, Ep. vi), but the title Vicar of Christ is more expressive of his supreme headship of the Church on earth, which he bears in virtue of the commission of Christ and with vicarial power derived from Him.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 15: Tournely-Zwirner


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