Definition of viceroy in English:
1A ruler exercising authority in a colony on behalf of a sovereign.
- Having installed various Indian statesmen, religious figures and public benefactors in place of sundry British sovereigns, viceroys and generals, we have cheerfully proceeded to forget them.
- The overriding authority, the viceroy, whatever you wish to call him, actually has a considerable control and power, but they must be clear and honest with the local population.
- The British named most of them after British kings and queens and viceroys.
2A migratory orange and black butterfly that closely resembles the monarch but is typically somewhat smaller. The caterpillar feeds on willow leaves, and the adult mimics the unpalatable monarch.
- Limenitis archippus, subfamily Limenitidinae, family Nymphalidae
- I could tell a monarch butterfly from a viceroy, without eating it.
- Take the oft-cited classic case of Batesian mimicry involving the dead-ringer resemblance between monarch and viceroy butterflies.
- We mimic them as aptly as a viceroy butterfly mimics the colouration of a monarch.
- Example sentences
- In Naples, these lawyers were often called togati, and the viceroyal administrations fostered them in all the Spanish territories in order to undermine the traditional nobility.
- During the viceroyal period in the New Spain, the building belonged to the Society of Jesus.
- When the Spanish Colony was established, one of the main objectives of the viceroyal administration was to obtain greater financial resources for the Crown.
- Example sentences
- An audit found that the entire interim government budget during his viceroyship - US $8.8 billion - could not be accounted for, as there simply were no financial controls on it whatsoever.
- Peru was the richest province of all of Spanish America and the viceroyship of the area was a hugely important role.
- As we said, there is very little disagreement with the longer reconstruction for the first 150 years, even to the 12-year viceroyship of Jeroboam II with Jehoash.
Early 16th century: from archaic French, from vice- 'in place of' + roi 'king'.
Words that rhyme with viceroyFitzroy • Norroy • corduroy
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