Definition of vicegerent in English:


Syllabification: vice·ge·rent
Pronunciation: /ˌvīsˈji(ə)rənt


  • 1A person exercising delegated power on behalf of a sovereign or ruler.
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    • When Henry VIII finally became convinced that his vicegerent was a religious radical who was protecting Protestants secretly, he withdrew his support and allowed Cromwell to fall victim to his conservative opponents.
  • 1.1A person regarded as an earthly representative of God or a god, especially the pope.
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    • In an Islamic democracy every individual is a vicegerent of God and therefore has the legitimate authority to act in God's name.
    • We learnt Islam is not a burden, it is a natural way of life and by our willingness we can choose to be the vicegerent of Allah.
    • She is as respectable in the eyes of God as a man and equally shares the responsibility of being the vicegerent of God.



noun (plural vicegerencies)
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  • And the pursuit of this peace, balance, and justice lies at the core of submission to God, and the obligations of vicegerency.
  • In fact, the essence of vicegerency of earth demands progress in science and technology.
  • This margin of autonomy by virtue of vicegerency is the Islamic equivalent of popular sovereignty.


mid 16th century: from medieval Latin vicegerent- '(person) holding office', from Latin vic- 'office, place, turn' + gerere 'carry on, hold'.

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