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vicegerent n : someone appointed by a ruler as an administrative deputy

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From Latin vicegerens


  • /vaɪsˈʤɪərənt/ (plural /vaɪsˈʤɪərənts/)
  • /vaIs"dZI@r@nt/ (plural /vaIs"dZI@r@nts/)


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

Extensive Definition

Vicegerent is the official administrative deputy of a ruler or head of state. (Latin: vice (in place of) + gerens (governing).)
The title vicegerent is a synonym for Vice-regent.

Notable Vicegerents

  • Thomas Cromwell, Vicegerent of Henry VIII, appointed 1535
  • The Byzantine Emperors held as a title "God's Vicegerent on Earth".
  • The fourth Caliph in Islamic history Imam ALI ibn-e- Abutalib is believed to be Vicegerent of Allah according to Shia Muslims.
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