Definitions

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

  • n. A person appointed by a ruler or head of state to act as an administrative deputy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The official administrative deputy of a ruler or head of state; viceregent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having or exercising delegated power; acting by substitution, or in the place of another.
  • n. An officer who is deputed by a superior, or by proper authority, to exercise the powers of another; a lieutenant; a vicar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having or exercising delegated power; acting in the place of another, as by substitution or deputation.
  • n. An officer deputed by a superior or by proper authority to exercise the powers of the higher authority; one having a delegated power; a deputy; a vicar.

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

  • n. someone appointed by a ruler as an administrative deputy

Etymologies

Medieval Latin vicegerēns, vicegerent- : Latin vice, ablative of *vix, change; see vice3 + Latin gerēns, governing; see gerent.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin vicegerens. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And such a crushed earth-worm this miserable, infatuated people call the vicegerent of

    The Daughter of an Empress

  • The Quran says that God created Adam as his "vicegerent" 2:30, his representative on earth.

    William C. Chittick, Ph.D.: The Innate Beauty Of Human Nature

  • The word "vicegerent" was changed to "viceregent" in the sentence: But as he is held to be God's VICEREGENT among the people of south-western Europe, so is the Russian emperor among the Christians of the East.

    The Bertrams

  • Christian, doth manage his office as Christ’s deputy and vicegerent; if not, then I conclude by his principles, a pagan magistrate is the devil’s deputy and vicegerent, which is contrary to Paul’s doctrine, who will have us to be subject for conscience’ sake, even to heathen magistrates, as the ministers of God for good, Rom. xiii.

    The Works of Mr. George Gillespie (Vol. 1 of 2)

  • The stress here -- "all of them" -- indicates that the issue is not simply the names of the natural realm, over which Adam was appointed vicegerent, but also the names of the Creator.

    William C. Chittick, Ph.D.: The Innate Beauty Of Human Nature

  • Satan's rebellion arises in no small measure from an over-estimation of the importance of existents and a rejection of those aspects of his relationship with God to be affirmed through belief: the unobservable act of his own creation; and the benevolence of the Son's vicegerent rule, which he takes to be an expression of divine authoritarianism.

    Feisal G. Mohamed: Evaluating the Post-Secular Return to Belief

  • God bestowed on mankind a covenant to protect the Earth in the role of vicegerent.

    Sarah Jawaid: Islam and the Spiritual Malaise of the Oil Spill

  • They made use of it, to instil into the small portion of the people under their direction, that it was incumbent on them to serve no other master than him who was the vicegerent of God on earth, and who dwelt in Italy on the banks of a small river called the Tiber; that every other religious opinion, every other worship, was an abomination in the sight of

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • For the sovereignty over the people which was, before, not only by virtue of the divine power, but also by a particular pact of the Israelites in God, and next under Him, in the high priest, as His vicegerent on earth, was cast off by the people, with the consent of God Himself.

    Leviathan

  • Again, he is to be king then no otherwise than as subordinate or vicegerent of God the Father, as Moses was in the wilderness, and as the high priests were before the reign of Saul, and as the kings were after it.

    Leviathan

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