Definition of legate in English:


Line breaks: leg¦ate
Pronunciation: /ˈlɛgət


  • 2A general or governor of an ancient Roman province, or their deputy: the Roman legate of Syria
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    • Delegation was essential in so unwieldy an entity, and, like his predecessors, Augustus appointed senatorial legates and equestrian prefects to serve his imperium.
    • He also placed them under equestrian prefects instead of the traditional senatorial legates and placed a Christian symbol on their standards.
    • He went to great lengths to flatter the corrupt Roman legate and convince him that he and his tribe, the Cherusci, were friends and allies of Rome.



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  • He also revoked Pole's legateship for England; there had been a long vendetta between the two men, and now Paul sought to summon his old enemy back to Rome and put him on trial as a heretic.


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  • The army was deeply split; Pelagius used his legatine powers to overrule John.
  • However, although his legatine office busily creamed off profitable routine business from other church courts, he made few innovations.
  • Henry and Wolsey bludgeoned the pope into granting Wolsey the rank of legate a latere for life, which meant that he became the superior ecclesiastical authority in England, and could convoke legatine synods.


late Old English, from Old French legat, from Latin legatus, past participle of legare 'depute, delegate, bequeath'.

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